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

  • The Florida Department of Children and Families is working to suspend operations at a Westside preschool, after a baby girl was left in the facility’s van for five hours, and died. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says Ewing’s Love & Hope Preschool & Academy picks up some of their children, but this morning, an infant was left in a car seat in the back of the facility’s van. That was around 8 AM, and it wasn’t until around 1 PM that JSO says the baby was found unconscious and not breathing. She was taken to the hospital, but died. “Every day, parents entrust child care providers with their most precious gifts. Tragically, today a family has just been notified of the gut-wrenching loss of their precious baby girl,” says a statement from DCF Secretary Chad Poppell. Poppell says DCF has opened a joint child death and child care licensing investigation, as it also works with law enforcement. They have started the administrative process of getting an emergency suspension order to stop operations at the facility. DCF additionally says the preschool did not notify them that they were transporting children, so transportation standards were not being monitored. Some of those standards include maintaining a driver’s log of each child that includes verification that each has left the vehicle, conducting a physical inspection of the vehicle to ensure no child is left behind, and having a second staff member perform similar verifications. The most recent inspection of this preschool took place last month, and there were no violations, according to online records. Overall, since the preschool was licensed in 2016, they have not had any Class I violations- which are the most serious- two Class II violations, and 13 Class III violations. At this time, no arrests have been made in connection to the baby’s death today. JSO says they’re working with the State Attorney’s Office to determine what charges are appropriate in this case and if any charges will be filed.
  • John Walker Lindh, the American, who as a teenager, joined the Taliban in Afghanistan in the run-up to the 911 terror attacks, is scheduled to leave a federal prison in Indiana Thursday after serving 17 years on charges of providing support to the Islamic fundamentalist group. >> Read more trending news   Lindh, who is now 38, said he converted to Islam after seeing the film “Malcolm X as a teenager. He left the United States to go to Yemen to study Arabic and the Quran. Then when he was 21 he traveled to Pakistan to join the Taliban. He was with the group on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers flew planes into the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and a crashed a fourth plane into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. A little more than two months after the attacks, Lindh was captured when the United States attacked Afghanistan after the country’s leaders refused to turn over 911 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Lindh was taken to the Qala-i-Jangi fortress which was being used as a prison for captured Taliban soldiers. While there, he was interrogated by American intelligence officers. A violent uprising by the prisoners at Qala-i-Jangi on Nov. 25, 2001, resulted in the death of CIA officer Micheal Spann along with more than 400 Taliban soldiers and supporters. Spann’s family opposes Lindh’s scheduled release. Lindh is said to have known of the planned uprising at Qala-i-jangi, though he did not directly take part in the attack. Neither did he let American interrogators know about the planned uprising, according to American prosecutors. Here are seven things to know about Lindh before he is released: Lindh went by the name Sulayman al-Faris during his time in Afghanistan. He became known as the “American Taliban” after his capture in 2001. Lindh was the first American detainee to be brought to the United States for trial on during the War on Terror. He was first charged with conspiring with al-Qaeda, but was not charged with Spann’s death. He was indicted on 10 charges on Feb. 5, 2002. He was in a Taliban training camp and said he met bin Laden there.  Lindh said he never intended to fight against Americans, even though he stayed with the Taliban after 9-11 and knew bin Laden had planned the attacks. Lindh’s defense attorneys entered into a plea bargain in July 2002. Lindh pleaded guilty to two charges – supplying services to the Taliban and carrying an explosive during the commission of a felony – and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. One condition of the plea deal was that he had to consent to a gag order keeping him from making any public statement. LIndh contended that he was tortured by U.S. military personnel after his capture. As part of the plea deal, he had to drop the claims of mistreatment.
  • A former Somali army colonel accused of war crimes was found guilty of torture Tuesday in Virginia, where he’s lived for decades and, up until earlier this month, worked as a driver for both Uber and Lyft.  A federal civil jury ordered Yusuf Abdi Ali, of Fairfax, to pay $500,000 to Farhan Mohamoud Tani Warfaa, who said he was tortured for four months as a teen in 1987 before being shot multiple times and left for dead. The jury unanimously found Ali guilty and awarded Warfaa, now 49, $400,000 in compensatory damages and $100,000 in punitive damages, federal court records show.  Jurors found Ali liable for the torture Warfaa suffered but found he was not liable for the attempted killing of the teen, the verdict form shows.  “We’re thrilled that the jury came back and found that our client had in fact been tortured,” Warfaa’s attorney, Kathy Roberts, of the Center for Justice and Accountability, or CJA, told The Washington Post. “It’s a good verdict; it stands for the principle that no one above the law. Our client is very happy.” >> Read more trending news No criminal charges have ever been brought against Ali related to the his military service. Warfaa, who traveled for the trial from his home in northern Somalia, also now known as Somaliland, said in a statement through the CJA that he hopes Tuesday’s verdict can contribute to the continued healing of those who suffered at the hands of Ali, who was purportedly a high-ranking commander in former Somali President Jaalle Mohamed Siad Barre’s regime.  Ali was known as Col. “Tukeh,” or “Crow,” during his time in Siad Barre’s command, the Post reported.  “It has been a long journey, seeking justice for what happened to me and to my community,” Warfaa said in the statement. “Today’s verdict was a vindication not only for me, but also for many others in Somaliland who suffered under Col. Tukeh’s command.” The torture Warfaa was subjected to as a 17-year-old farmer stemmed from a missing water tanker.  “Over the course of a three-day trial, the jury heard evidence that early one morning in 1987, Mr. Warfaa was rounded up with other men from his village and taken to the military headquarters of the Fifth Brigade of the Somali National Army, where Col. Tukeh held command,” CJA attorneys said in a news release. “Mr. Warfaa testified that Col. Tukeh’s soldiers tortured and interrogated him, and that Col. Tukeh himself shot Mr. Warfaa multiple times at point blank range, leaving him for dead.  “Miraculously, he survived.” See a 2016 Canadian Broadcasting Corp. report about Yusuf Abdi Ali below. Warfaa said in his lawsuit that he survived only because the men Ali assigned as his gravediggers saw he was alive and solicited a bribe from his family to let him live.  Ali’s attorney, Joseph Peter Drennan, told reporters the jury’s split decision suggested his client was found guilty of torture simply because of his position in the Somali army.  “Yusuf Abdi Ali was held liable because he was a commander in an army that served under a regime that had a poor human rights record,” Drennan said, according to CNN. “But aside from the plaintiff's testimony, there was virtually no evidence that Ali tortured anyone.” Drennan argued that his client cannot afford to pay the damages ordered by the jury, pointing out that Ali recently lost his job as a ride-share driver. He was considering an appeal of the verdict. Watch CNN’s report below on Yusuf Abdi Ali, who drove for Uber even as his federal civil case began last week. It was CNN that sent undercover reporters earlier this month to find Ali, who was working full-time as an Uber driver even as his civil trial for Warfaa’s torture and shooting was set to begin. At the time the reporters caught a ride with Ali, he was listed as an “Uber Pro Diamond” driver who had been working for the company for 18 months.  “I do this full-time,” Ali, who worked in suburban Virginia, told the reporters, saying he preferred working weekends because “that’s where the money is.” During the car ride, which the reporters surreptitiously caught on video, Ali said applying for the job had been easy.  “They just want your background check, that's it,” Ali said. “If you apply tonight, maybe after two days, it will come, you know, everything.” Ali passed the background check despite his name turning up in documents and news accounts of his alleged war crimes that are easily found in a Google search, CNN reported. The alleged atrocities under his command have also been detailed in a documentary by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Witnesses who participated in the CBC documentary recounted murders they allege Ali committed during his command. During the civil trial in the federal courtroom in Alexandria, former soldiers who served under Ali and witnesses in Warfaa’s village testified on the plaintiff’s behalf. Ali has denied the claims against him, the Post reported.  Watch the entire 1992 CBC documentary about Ali, Crimes Against Humanity, below. “I did nothing to anybody,” he said in a deposition, according to the newspaper. “They’re just lying.” CNN reported that, following its questions about Ali, Uber suspended his access to the app. Lyft, which he had stopped working for in September, permanently banned him from working for the company.  Uber permanently removed Ali’s access following Tuesday’s verdict, CNN said.  The news network said that background checks for both Uber and Lyft are mainly done by a third party company called Checkr, which checks for red flags in sex offender databases, federal and local court records, as well as databases used to flag suspected terrorists.  A Checkr spokesperson told CNN its background checks “rely on public criminal records that have been adjudicated in a court of law rather than unverified sources like Google search results.” “Similarly, most employers don’t request background checks that include pending civil litigation due to its subjective nature,” the spokesperson said.  The lawsuit against Ali was first filed in 2005, when Warfaa learned the former military commander was living in the area of Alexandria, Virginia. According to the complaint, Ali served as commander of the Somali army’s Fifth Brigade from 1984 to 1989 before seeking asylum in Canada in 1990, as the tide turned against dictator Siad Barre. Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991, plunging the country into decades of civil war.  “Col. Tukeh fled to Canada after the Barre regime was overthrown and eventually became a permanent resident of the United States, where he has been living since 1996,” the CJA said in its background of the case.  Warfaa’s civil suit says Ali was deported from Canada in 1992 for “having committed gross human rights abuses in Somalia,” at which time he came to the U.S. When deportation proceedings were initiated against him here, he voluntarily left the country.  He returned in 1996, reportedly on a visa obtained through his Somali wife, who had become a U.S. citizen, CNN reported. Ali’s wife was found guilty in 2006 of naturalization fraud for claiming she was a refugee from the country’s Isaaq clan -- the same clan that Ali has been accused of brutalizing during the civil war.  Warfaa’s lawsuit claims he was targeted because he is a member of the Isaaq clan, members of which established an opposition force called the Somali National Movement during the war.  “The Somali National Army committed widespread human rights abuses in its violent campaign to eliminate the SNM and any perceived supporters,” the civil complaint states. “It killed and looted livestock, blew up water reservoirs, burned homes, and tortured and detained alleged SNM supporters.” Read the entire amended complaint against Yusuf Abdi Ali below. Warning: The details of the alleged acts against Farhan Warfaa may be disturbing to some readers. The court document states that when the water tanker, which had been used to provide water to Ethiopian refugees, was stolen, Ali went to Warfaa’s village, Jifo Uray, with his men and threatened to execute everyone there unless the tanker was returned.  It was a few nights later that Warfaa and others from the village were rounded up and imprisoned by Ali’s men, the lawsuit states.  CNN’s report earlier this month was not the first time the network tracked Ali down in the United States. Reporters found him in 2016 working as a security guard at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. He was fired from that job a short time after the story aired, the network said. 
  • A one-time IB program teacher at Terry Parker High School has now pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography online. Jordan Schemmel changed his plea in federal court today, and now faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison. He will also be required to register as a sex offender, and he may have a life term of supervised release. Schemmel was first arrested in October, and he initially pleaded not guilty to the charge. The criminal complaint says Schemmel had used Kik and seen things that were illegal, but said he removed himself from those groups. He also allegedly admitted to using Grindr, but said he would report any user he didn’t believe was over 18-years-old. The criminal complaint says Schemmel did ultimately admit to sending a video to someone on Kik- who was actually an undercover agent. He also allegedly told investigators he had other images and videos of child porn on his phone. The US Attorney’s Office says a total of 106 images and 28 videos showing the sexual abuse of a young child were found on Schemmel’s phone and thumbdrive. The court records show Schemmel said he knew child pornography was wrong, and he had tried unsuccessfully to stop himself, but he believed it was an addiction. The criminal complaint says Schemmel previously taught in both Duval and St. Johns counties. At the time of his arrest, the Duval County Public School District said they would remove Schemmel from any contact with students pending the outcome of an internal investigation, if he were to be released from prison. DCPS says Schemmel resigned his position in January, pending disciplinary action. Schemmel’s sentencing date is not immediately available.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is crediting multiple witnesses for helping their investigation of a double shooting in March, which has now led to an arrest. 19-year-old Cashmere Bland is accused of a robbery and shooting that happened on Atlantic Blvd. on March 16th. Police say Bland walked up to a vehicle with two people he knew inside, robbed the driver, and then opened fire. The driver was killed and the passenger was shot, but survived. Bland has been arrested for murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

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