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Man Who Kissed Reporter on Live TV Charged With Harassment

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  • A man who forcibly kissed WAVE 3 News reporter Sara Rivest during a live broadcast in Louisville, Kentucky was identified by police and charged with harassment with physical contact.
  • Rivest spoke about the incident during a later segment, saying it made her feel “powerless.”
  • She also discussed why it is important to talk about the harassment of female journalists out on the field.
  • The man, who police identified as Eric Goodman, apologized to in a letter to Rivest, who accepted his apology on-air but agreed with the charges.

Charges Filed

A man who forcibly kissed a female reporter during a live broadcast last week has been identified and charged.

WAVE 3 News reporter Sara Rivest was reporting live outside the Bourbon & Beyond festival in Louisville, Kentucky when a man she did not know stood behind her and made spanking motions before forcibly kissing her on the cheek and running away.

“Okay, that was not appropriate,” Rivest said to the camera following the interaction. “Let’s just go to the story.”

Louisville Metro Police later identified the man as Eric Goodman and charged him Thursday with harassment with physical contact. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 6.

Rivest Addresses Incident 

Rivest later posted a clip of the incident on Twitter.

“Hey mister, here’s your 3 seconds of fame. How about you not touch me? Thanks!!” she wrote.

Rivest’s post picked up a lot of attention, prompting WAVE 3 News to address the event in an on-air conversation with anchor Dawne Gee.

Rivest said she was sure the man thought what he did was harmless and in fun, but that she did not feel the same way.

“My nervous laughter does not equate to approval of his actions,” she said.“It was an exertion of power over me, a woman trying to do her job who couldn’t stop him. This embarrassed me, and it made me feel uncomfortable and powerless.

“I think it’s important to tell people who don’t know what a violation and all too common occurrence this is,” Rivest added. “Journalists in the field, especially women, again just trying to do their jobs, experience harassment like this all of the time, and it is not okay.” 

She continued to say that she knows she was in a public place, and that he had the same right to be there, but added, “when you put your hands on me or on anyone else without their approval, that is wrong.”

Goodman Apologizes

Goodman has since written Rivest an apology letter for the incident, WAVE 3 News reported, including a screenshot of the note.

In the letter, Goodman wrote that he made a bad decision and that he was just trying to be funny, but now he sees why it was wrong.

“After watching the video, reading through the posts and listening to your explanation, I have found a new respect for how difficult it must to be a reporter,” he wrote.

“I was wrong to interrupt your job, invade your personal space and leave you feeling powerless,” he continued. “I sincerely apologize and deeply regret my actions where I allowed immaturity to humiliate you, myself, and many others.”

During a WAVE 3 News broadcast Thursday, Rivest said, “I absolutely accept Eric’s apology, I truly believe he feels bad and is sincere.”

“But his actions, they do have consequences, and from that letter it seems like he also believes he needs to face those consequences,” she continued. “So I also agree with the commonwealth’s decision in this case.”

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Ring Camera Hacker Harasses 8-Year-Old Girl Through Speaker

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  • An 8-year-old girl was taunted by a male voice when a Mississippi family’s Ring security camera was hacked.
  • The hacker played eerie music and encouraged the child to use a racial slur and destroy her room. 
  • Ring has claimed the incident didn’t occur because of a breach in their security system but rather because the family didn’t set up two-factor authentication. 
  • Several more Ring camera hackings have been reported in the past few weeks.

Camera Compromised

A hacker tapped into a Mississippi family’s home security camera last week and used the speaker feature to talk to an 8-year-old girl.

The video footage shows the child, Alyssa LeMay, walking into her bedroom after hearing eerie music from inside. Blaring from the camera’s speaker is Tiny Tim’s rendition of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” a song that was famously featured in the horror movie “Insidious.”

As Alyssa paces around trying to identify the source of the noise, the music stops and a voice comes from the camera, pushing her to say the n-word. 

“C’mon girl, can you say the magic word? N—–,” the voice says to Alyssa, who is white. 

She repeatedly asks out loud who is talking to her.

“I’m your best friend,” the voice responds. “I’m Santa Claus.” 

At one point the hacker also tries to coax Alyssa to destroy her room, telling her, “You can do whatever you want right now. You can mess up your room. You can break your TV.”

The little girl screams for her mother, who was out of the house at the time running an errand. Her father was home and rushed to the room to unplug the camera. 

Security Precautions Gone Wrong

Ashley LeMay, Alyssa’s mother, was horrified when she saw what happened. The 27-year-old had bought a pair of Ring cameras to install in the bedrooms of her four children, per a fellow mother’s recommendation. 

Ring’s indoor cameras have elevated features intended for security, including night-vision and a two-way talk system. LeMay made the purchase on Black Friday, hoping to help her children feel safe as she works overnight shifts in a hospital. 

The camera initially was a positive asset to the home, but just a few days after its installation, on Dec. 4, that sense of safety was abruptly violated.  

“I did the exact opposite of adding another security measure,” LeMay told The Washington Post on Thursday. “I put them at risk and there’s nothing I can do to really ease their mind. I can’t tell them I know who it is. I can’t tell them that they’re not going to show up at our house in the middle of the night.”   

When asked about the incident, Ring released a statement to WMC5, claiming that the hack wasn’t a result of a breach in their security system but rather it happened because two-factor authorization was not set up by the family.

“Due to the fact that customers often use the same username and password for their various accounts and subscriptions, bad actors often re-use credentials stolen or leaked from one service on other services,” the company said. “As a precaution, we highly and openly encourage all Ring users to enable two-factor authentication on their Ring account, add Shared Users (instead of sharing login credentials), use strong passwords, and regularly change their passwords.”

LeMay felt frustrated by Ring’s lack of answers when she contacted them.

“To be honest, it felt like they were trying to place the blame on me,” she told The Washington Post. “As a mother, I already feel guilty enough that I let this happen to my family… There’s just no need for that.”

This is not the first time that Ring’s security cameras have been hacked into. There have been multiple reports of security breaches in the past few weeks, from Georgia to Florida to Texas

Ring states that their mission is to “reduce crime in neighborhoods,” but the digital age has brought in new ways for hackers to virtually break into a home and cross lines.

“What’s so scary to us is that this person did not care that it was a young child,” LeMay said to The Washington Post.

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Virginia Man Gifts $12,000 Worth of Toys to Low-Income Children

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  • Virginia local Adam Armstrong gifted $12,000 worth of toys to children living in low-income apartment complexes.
  • His first stop was Harris Gardens, where he lived as a young man about 15-years ago after serving a short sentence in jail.
  • After making a successful life for himself, Armstrong decided he wanted to give back.

Virginia Man Returns to His Roots

Adam Armstrong, a 35-year-old Virginia native, returned to his old apartment complex in Harrisonburg to hand out early Christmas presents to the children who live there now. 

Armstrong rolled up to Harris Gardens Apartments in a moving truck on Dec. 7 wearing jeans and a Santa hat. When he arrived, he handed out bikes, stuffed animals, Nerf guns, and other toys. The total cost of the truckload was about $12,000, he told The Washington Post

Armstrong once resided in that same low-income complex about 15 years ago. He went to live there after serving a three-month stint in jail for selling marijuana when he was 18.

After his release, Armstrong decided that he needed to turn his life around. He went on to get into several business endeavors, including working as a loan officer and buying and flipping houses. 

Once he had saved some money, he decided he wanted to give back. He has been donating toys to various organizations since 2013. 

“I remember government housing and a lot of poverty, crimes, drugs, violence and things of that nature,” Armstrong told NBC News about Harrisonburg. “Every time I see kids, I know it’s not their fault where they are.”

Giving Back to Children

When Armstrong approached Harris Gardens property manager Sara Lewis-Weeks and told her he was looking to donate toys to the kids, she was skeptical. 

She had seen a lot of people make false promises of this nature before and wasn’t sure that he would follow through, she told the Post

But sure enough, Armstrong made good on his promise and handed out gifts to about 50 children and their parents.

“He didn’t miss anybody,” Lewis-Weeks told NBC. “His heart was truly in this.”

After Armstrong visited Harris Gardens, he visited three more low-income developments nearby, and afterward, he donated the leftover toys to the Salvation Army. 

“The kids were so innocent and sweet,” Armstrong told the Post. “They’d say, ‘Thank you.’ Some would be shy or reluctant. You can’t put a price on looking at these kids’ happy faces.”

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Houston Man Saves Neighbor’s Dog After Leash Gets Caught in Moving Elevator

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  • Johnny Mathis, a man from Houston, Texas, saved his neighbor’s dog on Monday after its leash got caught in closed elevator doors.
  • Mathis sprung into action, removing the leash from the dog’s neck as the elevator moved to a higher floor.
  • Apartment security cameras captured video of the incident, which Mathis posted to his Twitter account.
  • The video has received much attention online, with many praising Mathis and some criticizing the dog owner.

A Heroic Act

A Houston man rescued his neighbor’s small dog on Monday after its leash got caught in a moving elevator. A video of the incident, caught by their apartment’s security footage, has now gone viral.

In the video, 27-year-old Johnny Mathis can be seen exiting the elevator as a woman and her Pomeranian walk past him toward its doors. Mathis rounds the corner but backpedals when he sees that the dog was left behind.

He takes tentative steps toward the dog and then quickly lunges into action when he realizes the leash around the dog’s neck was stuck in the lift.   

“Instinct just kicked in, I just grabbed that leash,” Mathis told CNN. “There was so much fur, that’s why it took me a bit to get that lever off of the collar and when I did, I let go, you could see that leash just shoot off to the top of the elevator.”

Mathis recounted the story on his Twitter account, where he also posted the security footage and described the dog owner’s panic. 

“She started screaming as soon as the door shut and was bawling her eyes out when it came back down,” he wrote in another post. “She thought the worst.”

Mathis told CNN that the woman was very grateful but visibly shaken when she returned to the ground floor. 

“I think she just said ‘thank you’ and we hugged but she was just so overcome with emotion,” he said.

He expressed his gratitude that he was in the right place at the right time, and hopes that the situation can be taken as a lesson.

Online Response

Mathis’s post of the video has been viewed millions of times and he has received much praise in response.

Some have hurled a lot of criticism at the dog owner, accusing her of negligence. 

Mathis defended the unidentified woman in another post on Wednesday night. 

Others have also been more forgiving of the dog owner, calling it an honest mistake.

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