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Teacher Appreciation Week 2019: Here’s a list of deals and freebies for the nation’s educators

Teacher Appreciation Week 2019: Here’s a list of deals and freebies for the nation’s educators

Deals and Freebies for Teacher Appreciation Week 2019

Teacher Appreciation Week 2019: Here’s a list of deals and freebies for the nation’s educators

National Teacher Appreciation Week is just around the corner, May 6-10, and many businesses have announced deals and freebies for the country’s educators.

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This year, companies are offering discounts up to 25 percent on such items as books, supplies, apparel and car rentals.

Note: Some of the deals listed may not be available at all locations. Check with local retailers. Also, deals require that you verify you are an educator or, in some cases, a retired educator. 

>>Need some last-minute Teacher Appreciation Week ideas? Click here for some help.

Apparel discounts

Ann Taylor LOFT: Teachers get 15% off all full-priced items.
Belk: Teachers can get up to 20% off select purchases at Belk every Tuesday. Exclusions apply.
Banana Republic: Get 15% off full-priced in-store purchases.
Champion: Get a 10% discount if you are an active or retired teacher. Identification must be verified through TeacherID.
Christopher and Banks: Teachers receive 10% off select in-store purchases.
Cole Haan: Get a 15% discount on select orders to teachers. For online orders, register with your .edu email account to receive discount. For in-store purchases, present a valid ID.
Crocs: Crocs offers discounts on select shoes for teachers.
DiscountGlasses.com: Get 30% off with the promo code HEARTTEACHERS. The discount is valid May 6-10.
DiscountContactLenses.com Get 15% off with the promo code HEARTTEACHERS. The discount is valid May 6-10.
Dressbarn: Get a 15% discount on in-store purchases when you sign up for the Dressbarn loyalty program. Present a valid educator’s ID during checkout.
Hanes: Hanes offers a 10% discount to current and retired teachers who verify their identity through TeacherID.
J.Crew: Get a 15% discount on in-store purchases when you present proper ID at checkout. Exclusions apply.
JustMySize: JustMySize offers a 10% discount to current and retired teachers. Identification must be verified through TeacherID.
Karen Kane: Karen Kane offers 20% off online purchases to teachers. School affiliation must be verified.
Madewell: Madewell offers 15% off in-store purchases. Present a valid teacher ID at checkout.
OneHanesPlace: Get a 10% teacher discount if you are a current or retired teacher who can verify your identity through TeacherID.
Reebok: Teachers can get a 20% discount from Reebok when they verify their status using ID.me.
South Moon Under: South Moon Under offers a 10% discount on in-store and online purchases.

Book discounts
Barnes & Noble: Barnes & Noble offers a 25% discount on in-store purchases plus 10% off cafe treats for teachers.
Bookmans: Get a 20% discount on all purchases when teachers sign up for the Project: Educate program.
First Book: Get up to 50% off retail book prices.
Half Price Books: Teachers who sign up for an Educator Discount Card get a 10% discount year-round.
Quail Ridge Books: Quail Ridge Books offers 10% off personal purchases, 21% off books purchased for classroom purposes and 30% off New York Times best-selling hardcover books.
Thrift Books: Thrift Books offers a 15% discount on all used class book sets. Use the promo code APPLE. Exclusions apply. 

Craft discounts

A.C. Moore: Sign up for the Loyalty Program to get savings and rewards when purchasing crafting materials.
Jo-Ann Fabric: Get a 15% discount on in-store and online orders. Teachers must have a valid ID.
Michaels: Michaels offers a 15% discount on in-store purchases for teachers who present a valid ID.
Printastic: Printastic offers teachers discounts on signs and banners.
Strictly for Kids Store: Strictly For Kids offers discounted learning tools.

Food deals– Remember, some restaurant chains do not participate in Teacher Appreciation discounts and deals. Check with your local restaurant before you go. Also, restrictions often apply on the deals.

Arby's: Teachers and school administrators at some locations can get a free sandwich with school ID on Tuesday.

Bruegger’s Bagels: Teachers get a free medium drip or iced coffee with any purchase through Friday. ID is required.

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: Through Friday, teachers can get a free appetizer with the purchase of an adult entree. Dine-in only. No coupon necessary. 

Chipotle: Get a buy-one-get-one free offer from 3 p.m. to close Tuesday. Teachers, faculty and other school staff with a valid school ID can get the deal on tacos, bowls, burritos and salads for in-restaurant orders only.

Cicis: School staff can get a fee adult buffet with a valid school ID and this coupon.

Giordano’s: Through Thursday, Giordano’s is offering 20% off any order with the code 656-263-214. The offer applies for both dine-in and online orders. 

The Greene Turtle: Teachers get a free $14 meal Tuesday with a valid school ID. Dine-in only.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: Teachers get a 15% discount through Friday on dine-in and takeout orders. Not valid in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Must have school ID.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar: Get a free small shake Tuesday. You must show school ID.

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice: School staffers get a free small menu item Tuesday with a school ID.

Luna Grill: Get 20% off any order with school ID through Saturday.

McAlister’s Deli: Teachers get a free McAlister’s Deli Sweet Tea through Friday with a valid school ID.

Metro Diner: Through Friday, school staff gets 20% off their check. Must have school ID.

MOD Pizza: Get a buy-one-get-one free deal on MOD-size pizza or salads with their school IDs on in-store orders Tuesday.

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes: Text TEACH to 97455 to get a coupon for a free burger when you buy fries and a drink or shake. You can redeem the coupon on Wednesday. The offer is for dine-in eating and you must show your school ID.

Nando’s PERi-PERi: Teachers get a free flame-grilled chicken meal Tuesday,

PDQ: Teachers get 50% off their entire order Tuesday when they show their school ID.

Pei Wei: Through Friday, teachers get 33% off regular entrees for in-restaurant purchases. You must show your school ID.

Pluckers Wing Bar: Teachers can get a glass of wine at half price and a free appetizer on Friday.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop: All teachers can get a buy-one-get-one offer through Sunday.

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers: Teachers and school faculty get one free Box Combo on Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. when they show their school ID.

Roy Rogers Restaurants: Get a free milkshake or dessert with any purchase through Friday when you show your school ID.

Salata Salad Kitchen: Get a buy-one-get-one free offer on salads and wraps on Friday. Must show school ID. The free salad or wrap must be of equal or lesser value.

Slim Chickens: Teachers get a 20% discount and a free cookie with dine-in and drive-thru orders on Tuesday with a school ID.

Sonic Drive-In: Through May 31, get a free Route 44 drink or slush with purchase when ordering on the restaurant’s app. Use the promo code TEACHERS. Click here to download the app.

Home discounts

E-Z UP: Teachers can get up to 30% off E-Z UP Instant Shelter products.

Overstock.com: Overstock.com offers free Club O Gold memberships to teachers. Verify eligibility through TeacherID.

Supplies and classroom materials discounts

Academic Superstore: Teachers can get discounts on school supplies all year. Valid ID is required.
Apple Store for Education: Get discounted rates on Mac, iPad and other Apple accessories.
AT&T: Get discounts on monthly phone service plans through AT&T’s Signature Discount Program. 
Container Store: Use the Organized Teacher Discount Program to get discounts through Dec. 31, 2019.
Curious Chef: If you teach cooking, Curious Chef offers educator discounts on bulk kitchen products. Restrictions apply, and you must verify the program.
CoolFrames.com: Get $20 off purchases over $200. Verification through ID.me. is required.

Costco: Purchase Costco Membership Activation Certificates to join Costco as a new member and receive more than $60 in savings.

Crayola  Use promo code THANKYOU when you go to Crayola.com to get 15% off your purchase. The deal is valid through Monday at 10 a.m. 

Dick Blick Art Supplies: Dick Blick offers discounts and free lesson plans to U.S. teachers.
Discount School Supply: Get discounted teaching tools and school supplies.
Dollar Days: Dollar Days offers wholesale discounted prices on classroom supplies. For additional discounts, call 877-837-9569 or email sales@dollardays.com.
Dramatists Play Service: Order 20 or more copies of a play and Dramatists Play Service will give you a 10% educator discount.
Home Depot: Public school teachers can apply for a tax-free exemption on classroom purchases at Home Depot.
Izzit: Get one free educational DVD every year school year at Izzit.
K12 School Supplies: Get a 30% to 80% discount on closeout and clearance school supplies for educators.
Kiwi Crate: Buy 10 items or more and get a discount from Kiwi Crate.
LakeShore Learning: LakeShore Learning offers U.S. teachers 15% off in-store purchases after joining the LakeShore Learning Teacher’s Club.
Naked Binder: Naked Binder offers discounts on nontoxic, environmentally safe products. Contact Naked Binder for details.
Oriental Trading: Oriental Trading offers reduced pricing on select teaching supplies and stationery.
PBS: PBS offers teachers free access to digital curriculum-based resources through PBS Learning Media.
Pencils.com: Get 10% off all orders with valid teacher identification.
Silhouette: Get discounts on the Silhouette cutting machine and its products by sending your account address, school name and location, and teaching certificate to education@silhouetteamerica.com.
Speed Stacks: Teachers can sign up to receive one free Speed Stack set for educational purposes. Restrictions apply.
Squiggle Park: Squiggle Park offers discounts on educational resources, printouts and teaching plans.
Yoobi: Yoobi donates Classroom Packs through the Kids In Need Foundation’s network of Teacher Resource Centers. The packs include pencils, crayons, folders and other items.

Travel discounts
Aqua Aston Hotels & Resorts: Teachers get a discount at Aqua Aston Hotels. Use promo code GOV.
Bally’s Atlantic City: Get a 10% discount off your stay. Identification must be verified through ID.me.
Bally’s Las Vegas: Bally’s Las Vegas offers teachers 10% off their stay using ID.me.
Caesar’s Palace: Teachers get 10% off at Caesar’s Palace. Identification must be verified through ID.me.
Cheeca Lodge & Spa: Get 10% off the Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Florida if you are a teacher with a valid ID. Available online.
Contiki: Get up to $75 off trips that last for several days or more with a valid ID. Restrictions apply.
Cromwell: Get a 10% discount at properties in the U.S. Identification must be verified through ID.me.
Enclave Hotel and Suites: The Enclave Hotel and Suites offers an exclusive 25% educator discount.
Flamingo: Flamingo offers a 10% discount for teachers. Identification must be verified through ID.me.
Grande Shores: Teachers can get a discounted room rate at Grande Shores Ocean Resort with valid proof of employment.
Hampton Inn & Suites: Get a discount with a valid educators ID. Available in participating locations only.
Harrah’s Resort: Get a 10% discount with identification through TeacherID.
Hawk’s Cay Resort: Get a 15% discount on accommodations as part of a Teacher Appreciation special package.
Howard Johnson Hotels: Teachers are eligible for government employee rates at participating Howard Johnson hotels.
Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa: Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa offers discounts to teachers. 
LINQ: The LINQ offers a 10% discount to teachers. You must verify your identity through TeacherID.
Mermaid Cottages: Mermaid Cottages offers a 5% discount to teachers who use the code “Educator” when booking a reservation.
MSC Cruises: MSC offers public school teachers with valid ID up to 10% off staterooms at MSC Cruises. Restrictions apply.
Planet Hollywood Resort: Planet Hollywood Resort offers teachers a 10% discount once identification is verified through ID.me.
Stay Sky Suites: Stay Sky Suites Orlando offers teachers a discount with a valid educator identification.
Swan and Dolphin Resort, Walt Disney World: The Swan and Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World offers teachers special teacher room rates with a valid teacher identification. Make your reservation online or call 1-888-828-8850.
Tradewinds Resort: Tradewinds Resort offers a 10% discount to U.S. teachers with valid teacher identification.
VacationsToGo: VacationsToGo.com offers limited-time vacation cruise line deals to certain regions to retired and active teachers. Valid educator ID is required.
Wyndham Hotel Group: Wyndham Hotel Group offers special discounted rates to public school teachers. Book online or call 1-800-407-9832. 

Vehicle rental discounts
Alamo Car Rental: Alamo Car Rental offers a $25 car rental discount to members of the American Federation of Teachers.
Budget Truck Rental: Use TEACH to get a 20% truck rental discount on local moves and a 15% discount on one-way moves.
E-Z Rent-A-Car: E-Z Rent-A-Car offers a 10% discount to teachers with valid ID. Use the promo code 827B9.
National Car Rental: U.S. teachers can apply for government employee discounts. A valid ID is required.
Sixt Rent a Car: Sixt Rent a Car offers teachers a 5% discount on prepaid car rentals. Restrictions apply.

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  • A woman who shot and killed a popular street performer outside the H.E. Holmes MARTA station three years ago is headed to prison.  >> Read more trending news  Lucianna Fox, 44, fatally shot 54-year-old Leroy Midyette in Nov. 5, 2016, after running over the homeless man’s shopping cart twice. Midyette, who performed outside the train station, was affectionately known as “Tin Man” because of the silver paint he wore when he danced, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said Friday in a news release. The night of the shooting, Fox got mad at Midyette as he pushed his belongings across an access road that led into the parking lot of the Holmes station, authorities said. Fox told him to move his cart out of the road and Midyette motioned for the woman to drive around.Instead, Fox slammed into Midyette’s cart, threw her car in reverse and rammed it again before driving off. Upset, Midyette ran toward Fox’s car as she waited at a nearby stop sign and confronted her. Fox then got out of her car, drew a silver handgun and shot the homeless man in the chest from about 2 feet away, prosecutors said. She then set her weapon on the hood of her car and waited for police to arrive as Midyette died in the street. The entire incident was captured on MARTA’s surveillance cameras, and Fox was arrested at the scene, authorities said. She was convicted of murder and possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony and sentenced to life in prison plus five years. 
  • Court documents filed against an Indianapolis man accused of violently assaulting his mother with a cast iron frying pan last month give gruesome details of how badly the woman was beaten. Bobby Wayne Gibson Jr., 44, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, strangulation and auto theft, according to Marion County court records. A judge last week ordered him held in lieu of a $90,000 surety bond. Gibson was also ordered to stay away from his mother, for whom an order of protection was granted, court records show. >> Read more trending news  Gibson was arrested Sept. 25 after an anonymous tip led police to a vacant home, where he told officers his mother had given him her car, a silver Chevy Malibu, to sell for drugs, WRTV in Indianapolis reported. Fox 59 reported that a SWAT standoff earlier in the day, which included tear gas and flash grenades, had failed to turn up the fugitive. Gibson had been on the run since the day before, when police officers went to his mother’s home and found her unresponsive and covered in blood, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by WRTV. The woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition. According to the affidavit, her injuries included “multiple skull and facial fractures, three lacerations in the head that penetrated to the skull, exposed brain matter due to a hole in the skull, four deep lacerations to the chest and a collapsed lung.” Her condition was not immediately available Friday afternoon. Detectives who went to her home found blood spattered throughout the kitchen and living room, along with “broken glass, broken kitchen utensils and a bloody cast-iron frying pan with a broken handle,” the document said. Blood was on the carpet, the telephone and the walls in both rooms. Gibson’s mother, who was able to speak to detectives at the hospital, told them an argument began when she spotted a bottle of vodka in her son’s pocket and told him he was not allowed to drink in her home, WRTV reported. She told police she poured the vodka out and told her son, who has a criminal record, “The court needs to do something with you.” “You wanna lock me up? I’m gonna give you something to lock me up,” she said Gibson responded, according to the affidavit. The victim told detectives Gibson attacked her, choking her until she lost consciousness. When she came to, he was beating and kicking her and hitting her with pots and pans from the kitchen, the news station reported. Gibson demanded her purse, so she told him where it was, and he left in her car, WRTV reported. A silver car could be seen in photos taken by a Fox 59 reporter during the Sept. 25 SWAT situation on the city’s south side. Authorities at the scene told the news station Gibson had forced his way into the home, where his wife was staying. She fled the house and called 911, Fox 59 reported. When the tear gas and flash grenades failed to get anyone to come outside, officers went in and found the house empty, the news station said. Gibson was taken into custody a few hours later.
  • A California man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for the hammer killing of his former roommate, whose body was found stuffed into a wall in their former apartment six years after she was reported missing. Randolph Eric Garbutt, 47, of Los Angeles, pleaded no contest last month to voluntary manslaughter in the 2009 slaying of Raven Joy Campbell, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He was sentenced to prison on Tuesday. Garbutt’s ex-girlfriend, Myesha Smith, testified at a December 2016 preliminary hearing in the case that Garbutt told her he’d hit Campbell, who family members said was developmentally disabled, in the head with a hammer. “He hit her one time and she kind of fought for her life, and he hit her again,” Smith testified, according to The Daily Breeze in Torrance. “He said, ‘God wanted her.’” >> Read more trending news  Garbutt has been in custody since his Feb. 4, 2016, murder arrest, so he will get credit for time already served, the Breeze reported. Campbell’s family on Tuesday pointed out the irony that Garbutt’s post-conviction prison time could end up being about the same amount of time her body remained hidden. “To place her in a wall, the irony is this man will probably only do about as much time as she was while she was in the wall,” Raven Campbell’s sister, Cynthia Campbell Kemp, said in court, according to the Breeze. “That’s the crime. The punishment is not just, but we’re just going to have to accept it.” Campbell, 31, was reported missing by her family in June 2009. According to authorities, she had last been seen leaving her apartment, Apartment 507 at Harbor Hills, a public housing complex in an unincorporated area of Lomita. She is survived by a son, Nicholas, who family members told the Breeze will turn 18 later this month. He was 7 when his mother vanished. “He’s just devastated by this,” Kemp told the newspaper. “I wish you could have let us know where she was so we didn’t have to keep searching,” another sister, Linda Campbell told Garbutt during his sentencing hearing. “Her son had to think his mom was alive for years.” Another of Campbell’s sisters, Malaikah Manasseh, told the Los Angeles Times in 2015 that Campbell lived in a group home before she moved into the housing project with a high school friend. The friend’s boyfriend also was a resident of record at the apartment in late 2008, when Campbell moved in, authorities said. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide Lt. Steve Jauch said during a news conference the day after Garbutt’s 2016 arrest that Campbell’s friend, identified during later court proceedings as Nicole Nelson, and her boyfriend invited Campbell to stay with them. “They brought her in to live at the residence so she could save some money,” Jauch said. Garbutt, a friend of the couple, was also staying at the apartment during the six months Campbell lived there, Jauch said. The lieutenant told reporters the roommates, including Garbutt, all became friends. Nathan and her boyfriend were interviewed at length and were not suspected in Campbell’s killing, the lieutenant said. Campbell’s family immediately suspected foul play when Campbell vanished because her purse was left behind, Manasseh told the Times. She said her sister always wore her purse strapped against her chest and would not have left home without it. A tip and a gruesome discovery  The case remained cold until late June 2015, when homicide investigators, acting on a tip, went to the unit but found no one home, Jauch said. They returned the next day with cadaver dogs and got the new tenants’ permission to search the apartment. The dogs alerted their handlers to the possible presence of human remains inside a closet under the two-story unit’s stairs. Investigators got permission from the Los Angeles County Housing Authority to knock down a portion of the wall, which had a visible patched-up hole, Jauch said. “Detectives removed the actual piece of paneling that was used to patch it up and there appeared to be something suspicious behind this wall, on the floor a good distance down in this closet area of the residence,” the lieutenant said. The following week, on July 2, 2015, homicide detectives and staff from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office exhumed Campbell’s remains. The medical examiner identified the body and determined Campbell had died of blunt force trauma to the head. The residents living in the apartment at the time were stunned, Jauch said. They were temporarily relocated when their home became a crime scene. “I think the natural reaction from anyone hearing information that there may be human remains where you’re living, I don’t know anybody who wouldn’t be taken aback by that information,” Jauch said, according to the Times. Campbell’s body was found in an empty space behind the closet. “It’s hollow and connects to the closet,” Candace Diggs, a resident in the housing complex told the newspaper. “These units are all built the same. They’re all concrete except for the wall behind the stairs.” Jauch explained that empty space under the stairs appeared to be an unusual design. “Typically, when you picture a hole in the wall, what most of us picture would be a hole in a wall with a floor directly at the base of the wall,” Jauch said, using the wall behind him to demonstrate. “That wasn’t the case here. “It was a configuration where the hole in the wall inside of the closet area … actually dropped down several feet to a dirt floor.” Watch Lt. Steve Jauch discuss the killing of Raven Campbell below. When detectives and crime scene technicians removed the patch job from the wall and looked down, they could see the bundle containing Campbell’s remains. According to KTLA, Campbell’s family members were certain the remains were hers as soon as they were found. At the time of the discovery, they blamed investigators for not doing a more thorough search of her home when she went missing. “We said bring the dogs, bring … everything we saw on ‘CSI.’ We wanted them to do that. They said, ‘No, we don’t find any reason,’” Campbell’s cousin, Linda Campbellhumphrey told the news station in 2015. “We, in our heart of hearts, know it’s her.” Jauch said during the 2016 news conference that homicide and missing persons detectives conducted significant legwork after Campbell disappeared. “Interviews were conducted, bank records were checked, phone records were checked,” Jauch said. “Ultimately, the case went cold.” Campbell’s family described her as a sweet, trusting woman. “She was such a wonderful spirit,” a third sister, Renee Campbell, told KTLA in 2015. The siblings’ mother, Joreena Johnson, pleaded for information about her daughter’s death at a vigil following the gruesome discovery. “Who did this to her? She didn’t deserve this,” a tearful Johnson said, according to the news station. “Y’all help me find out what happened to my baby, please.” Garbutt was arrested on a murder charge seven months after Campbell’s body was found. Jauch said the arrest was the result of tireless efforts by homicide detectives, who looked at anyone who had a connection to the apartment in the time frame Campbell lived there. “Over the last several months, really, the credo from our detectives was, ‘Let’s don’t do this in a hurry, let’s do it right,’” Jauch said. Garbutt was initially arrested on a traffic warrant, the lieutenant said in 2016. “After being released on the warrant, he was immediately booked for the murder of Raven Campbell,” Jauch said. He was rebooked into the Los Angeles County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. On Friday, Garbutt remained at the Los Angeles County jail system’s Pitchless Detention Center in Castaic, awaiting his transfer to state prison, jail records showed. A mistrial and a plea  Garbutt initially went on trial for Campbell’s slaying in 2018, but a mistrial was declared after information came to light about two witnesses neither prosecutors nor the defense team was aware of, the Breeze said. Two weeks of testimony prior to the mistrial revealed that Garbutt beat Campbell to death and enlisted Smith, the mother of his child, to help him push her body into the space behind the closet wall. Prosecutors said Smith began receiving Campbell’s mail, including her government checks, at her Inglewood home after Campbell vanished. The Breeze reported that police found Campbell’s identification in Smith’s possession a month after she went missing. It was unclear why Smith was not linked to Campbell’s disappearance at that time. The newspaper reported that Garbutt’s public defender, Rhonda Haymon, argued during last year’s trial that Smith, who was granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for testimony against her ex-boyfriend, was the true killer and Garbutt took the blame so their child would not grow up without a mother. Garbutt told investigators Campbell, who had been drinking, fell and hit her head after returning from bingo with another roommate, the Breeze reported. He said he panicked, afraid he’d be blamed for her head injury, and suffocated her with a plastic grocery bag. No other motive besides the story Garbutt told authorities has ever been uncovered. Smith testified that it was she and Nathan who went to play bingo the night Campbell was killed. When they returned, she found Garbutt “sweeping and mopping” the floor, using bleach to clean it, the Breeze reported. Smith said she thought nothing of it because Nathan liked to keep the apartment clean. According to the Breeze, Smith said she fell asleep on the couch but awoke to the sound of drilling. Smith said she found Garbutt inside the closet under the stairs, cutting a hole in the wall. A body was lying on the closet floor, wrapped in plastic and a floral print blanket, Smith testified. Garbutt told her it was Campbell. Smith testified that Garbutt climbed into the hole and started dragging Campbell’s body into it before asking her for help. She said she pushed the lifeless form about 2 inches. “He just pushed the body in the wall,” Smith said. The Breeze reported that Garbutt told Smith to keep a lookout to ensure no one was coming near the closet. “I was pacing back and forth,” Smith said, according to the newspaper. “I was at the window, and I was looking at the closet and my nerves was all ragged.” Investigators testified at the preliminary hearing that Garbutt said he used a bowl to dig up some dirt to throw over Campbell. After climbing out of the hole, he tossed several bathroom air fresheners into the makeshift grave to help cover the smell. Smith testified she was scared Garbutt would harm her if she told anyone what he had done, because he “always threatened and always told her he could kill her and no one would care,” the Breeze reported. Campbell’s family members, seven of whom spoke at Garbutt’s sentencing hearing, told the newspaper they believe if Garbutt had again gone to trial, he would have been convicted of murder and faced life in prison. They expressed heartbreak over the plea deal and subsequent, much lighter sentence. “I would have rather had a jury tell me ‘not guilty’ than to hear he’s only going to be in there for another five years,” Renee Campbell told the Breeze after the hearing. “It’s not ideal, but at least we get some closure.” The Campbell family described Raven as kind, loving, good-natured and innocent. She loved talking to loved ones on the phone and it was the sudden halt in her phone calls in the summer of 2009 that told them something had happened to her. They viewed her developmental issues as a gift, the Breeze reported. “The way she viewed the world was a lot healthier than most of us,” her niece, Princess Manessah, said.
  • Protests are underway after a City of Jacksonville spokesperson confirms that Mayor Lenny Curry has signed a bill that would effectively shut down Internet cafes in the area.  WOKV told you earlier this week, when the Jacksonville City Council voted in favor of a bill that would shut the businesses down immediately. The council had previously voted back in May to close the businesses, but decided at that time to give the operators until February 2020 to close their doors.  The city has said internet cafes are a nuisance and draw crime into the city. Data collected in September 2018 showed that the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office received more than 28,000 calls to addresses tied to nearly 100 Internet cafes during a 5-year period.
  • A federal appellate court ruled Friday that President Donald Trump's accounting firm must turn over his financial records to Congress as lawmakers continue to probe his possible conflicts of interest. >> Read more trending news  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said in a 2-1 ruling that lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed from Mazars USA. Trump and his attorneys have argued against releasing the records, claiming that lawmakers lack a 'legitimate legislative purpose' for seeking the documents. >> Read the full ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit 'The fact that the subpoena in this case seeks information that concerns the President of the United States adds a twist, but not a surprising one,' Judge David Tatel wrote in an opinion joined by Judge Patricia Millett. 'Disputes between Congress and the President are a recurring plot in our national story.' Tatel was put on the appellate court by President Bill Clinton and Millett was put on the court by President Barack Obama, according to Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree. 'Having considered the weighty interests at stake in this case, we conclude that the subpoena issued by the Committee to Mazars is valid and enforceable,' Tatel wrote. Trump could appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a statement released Friday, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings heralded the ruling and called for Mazars to quickly release Trump's financial records to Congress. 'Today's ruling is a fundamental and resounding victory for Congressional oversight, our Constitutional system of checks and balances and the rule of law,' Cummings said. 'After months of delay, it is time for the President to stop blocking Mazars from complying with the Committee's lawful subpoena. We must fulfill our stated legislative and oversight objectives and permit the American people to obtain answers about some of the deeply troubling questions regarding the President's adherence to Constitutional and statutory requirements to avoid conflicts of interest.' The ruling upheld a ruling issued by a lower court in support of lawmakers' right to subpoena Trump's financial records. Trump has been fighting off efforts by Congress to obtain his financial records since at least April, when the House Oversight and Reform Committee subpoenaed the documents from Mazars. Among other records, lawmakers sought documents from 2011 to 2018 for investigation into the president's reporting of his finances and potential conflicts of interest. The list of subpoenaed documents did not include Trump's tax returns, which are being sought by the House Ways and Means Committee. The group sued the Trump administration earlier this year for access to the president's tax returns in a case that continues to wind its way through the courts. In a separate case in New York, Trump sued to prevent Deutsche Bank and Capital One from complying with House subpoenas for banking and financial records. A judge ruled against him, and Trump appealed. The president is also trying in court to stop the Manhattan district attorney from obtaining his tax returns. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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