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St. Cloud Police: Man sets adult entertainment store on fire – KMSP

– One man is in custody after allegedly pouring gasoline and setting an adult entertainment store on fire in St. Cloud, according to St. Cloud police.

Around 12:30 p.m. police responded to a report of a suspicious person at Pure Pleasure, which is on the 600 block of Highway 10 South.

Police learned a man, later identified as 32-year-old Cody Alexander Mann, went inside the store, started pouring gasoline and set the store ablaze. The store employee, who was working at the time, managed to escape unharmed and contact police.

Firefighters put out the fire, which police say was contained to the inside of the store. Officials say the damage is estimated at $380,000 total. The majority of the damage was to the furniture and store inventory. The building itself suffered about $55,000 worth of damage.

Police found Mann nearby and arrested him. He is in custody at Benton County Jail on suspicion of first degree arson. Officer are still investigating a motive.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Cloud Police Department at (320)251-1200.

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Man charged with arson in adult bookstore fire – St. Cloud Times


Cody Mann, 32, of the St. Cloud area was charged with two counts of felony arson on Friday, Nov. 17.
Stephanie Dickrell

A St. Cloud-area man was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree arson, a felony, after a fire at an adult bookstore in St. Cloud, according to the Benton County Attorney’s Office. 

Cody Mann, 32,  was arrested shortly after a fire was set early Thursday afternoon at Pure Pleasure, 631 U.S. Highway 10.

No one was injured in the incident, but damages are estimated at $380,000. 

Mann has a history of mental illness and criminal charges, including a conviction for animal cruelty in 2014. 

A criminal complaint outlines the evidence in the arson case. Two witnesses identified Mann as carrying a gas can into Pure Pleasure, according to the attorney’s office. One also says he saw Mann pour gas on magazines, lighting a fire. 

Investigators believe Mann started four separate fires before leaving the store, according to the criminal complaint. Mann was arrested shortly after. 

Fire damage and video surveillance confirmed the witness accounts and police observations. 

The first charge against Mann alleges he intentionally damaged a building using fire, while knowing another person was in the building. The charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years and up to $35,000 fine. 

The second charge alleges Mann intentionally damaged a building using flammable material to start or accelerate the fire. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and up to $20,000 fine. 

According to the criminal complaint:

St. Cloud police were alerted to a possible issue at about 12:30 p.m., when a man called emergency services to report he had just given a ride to a man carrying a 5-gallon, plastic gas can. The witness later identified this person as Mann. 

Mann asked to be taken to the Pure Pleasure bookstore. When the driver pulled into the parking lot, he thought Mann was the owner of one of the vehicles parked there and that he had run out of gas. 

The driver watched as Mann instead walked into the store carrying the gas can. Thinking this was suspicious, he continued to watch the building. He then saw another man, later identified as a store employee, run out of the building.

Soon after, Mann exited the store, but was not carrying the gas can. The driver continued to watch until police stopped him about a block away.

St. Cloud police and fire departments responded and saw smoke was coming out of the building. 

When Mann was stopped by police, he had a black lighter in his right hand and smelled strongly of gasoline. 

At about the same time, the store employee called emergency services.

The employee said he was behind the counter when Mann entered the store. The employee told Mann he couldn’t have the gas can in the store and asked him what he was doing.

The employee reported Mann as saying “I’m going to burn this place down. I’m sick of this store.” 

The employee then watched Mann man pour some gasoline on magazines, starting a fire. The employee said he was afraid for his life and ran out of the store to call emergency services. 

Later on, the driver and the store employee separately identified Mann as the person who entered Pure Pleasure with a gas can and started fires. 

Police and fire investigators discovered a lot of smoke and heat damage throughout the building. Investigators believe fires started in two spots where gas was poured on magazines, one spot where it was poured on movies and also in the area where a plastic gas can was found, melted. 

Video surveillance showed Mann entering the store with the gas can, pouring gas on magazines at one location and then another. Mann then moved on to start a third fire. Mann then appears to light the gas can on fire and throws it into the corner of the store before walking out of the building. 

Damages include $325,000 for loss of furniture and inventory and $55,000 for structural and building damage. The fire did not breach the walls or roof.

Mann has a history of arrests, drug abuse and mental illness.

In 2014, he was convicted of animal cruelty after skinning and baking his pet cat in an apartment in Monticello.

Pueblo teen could be tried as adult in fatal shooting

PUEBLO — A 15-year-old boy accused of shooting a man to death inside a Pueblo home could be tried as an adult.

The Pueblo Chieftain reported Thursday that prosecutors are expected to make the request during a transfer hearing, and a judge will have the final say on how the boy is charged.

The teen, who is suspected of shooting 22-year-old Francisco Alcon on Sunday, turned himself in to police Wednesday night. Investigators say the two were affiliated with the same gang but have not established a clear motive for the shooting.

The boy’s arrest affidavit for second-degree murder will not be released unless he ends up being tried as an adult.

He is being held at the Pueblo Youth Detention Center.

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Rapunzel is about to learn an adult lesson the hard way on "Tangled: The Series"

Growing up is hard, but everyone has to do it sometime — including princesses. And while your “adult” things might include learning how to balance a checkbook and setting up your own phone plan, if your dad is the king, you’ve got to learn how to rule the kingdom in his place…and that means making some decisions that might weight a little but heavy on your heart. It’s something Princess Rapunzel is going to learn the hard way on Tangled: The Series.

This week’s episode, “Queen for a Day,” has Rapunzel taking over ruling duties while her parents go away for their anniversary. And while everything starts off with fun, games, and hugging kittens, things quickly take a turn. Rapunzel’s going to have to learn very quickly that the decisions you make can sometimes have dire consequents for yourself, your friends, and everyone in the kingdom you’re overseeing for the weekend — and talk about an adult wake up call.

Does this all sound a bit too heavy for a show on Disney Channel? Well, that’s the point. Tangled: The Series isn’t your every day Saturday morning cartoon (and not just because it actually airs on Sundays).

“I think the interpretation of it is that it’s a young kids show, but really if you look at the content, certainly as we move forward in the story, there are really great stakes and a really great story that’s much more sophisticated than the [typical shows for] four and five year-olds,” Tangled’s expectative producer, Chris Sonnenburg, explains to HelloGiggles over the phone. “I think that was a huge turning point for us writing the show, where we saw the character of Rapunzel was kind of like a toy on a shelf. She was just kind of this icon of a princess, but what does she really want to do? How would Rapunzel really want to be this character, and be in this position?”

“[Being a Queen is] not just this waving of the hands, and cutting of the ribbons, but really being involved in these people’s lives from a personal level, and really defending them as being important.”

This question of “who am I” and “what do I want to do” is something we’ve all asked ourselves before, and Rapunzel’s going to find herself in that conundrum. However, this quarter-life princess crisis isn’t necessarily something she was planning on tackling this weekend. And Rapunzel is by no means a bad temporary Queen (and remember, one day she will be Queen, because we’ve all seen Tangled the Movie), but right now, she’s very much growing, and figuring out what she wants to do — and how seemingly simple issues can spiral out of control.

“Certainly there are consequences to being a leader,” Sonnenburg continues. “[Rapunzel] thinks that making decisions is just, ‘Some people need these cats to go away.’ And, ‘This guy’s having a problem with his sheep.’ And leadership, sometimes on its face is very passive, and very easy, but the reality of the situation is once you actually have to take on larger bits of responsibility it is not as easy as just pointing and saying, ‘That’s what the decision is, and I’m gonna make this decision.’”

“Sometimes the decisions you make affect a lot of people, and it’s how you deal with their [consequences that show your true character]. [By the end of the episode] she now understands that sometimes making decisions isn’t as easy as she thought it was going to be.”

Are you, too, realizing that decisions aren’t as easy as you initially thought? To put it simply, Rapunzel’s struggle during the episode is relatable AF. We’ve got an exclusive clip from the episode, that shows Raps really weighting what she has to do…and then being distracted by snow. And honestly, same. Being an adult is so. hard.

Ready to find out what happens next? Rapunzel is, too. “Queen for a Day” airs Sunday, November 19th at 7pm on Disney Channel.

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Drummond: City of Yorba Linda sets new rules for drone use, adult business locations

Two new city ordinances – one establishing local regulations for drone aircraft and the other prohibiting adult businesses in Savi Ranch – take effect early next month after approvals by Yorba Linda’s City Council.

The unmanned aircraft systems ordinance regulates the devices commonly called drones on the basis of land use issues, which are considered regulatory rights of states and cities, since the Federal Aviation Administration is the only agency allowed to regulate navigable airspace.

Community-based safety requirements and restrictions that do not preempt federal aviation rules or authority are needed to protect the public from hazards associated with drones, city planner Nate Farnsworth wrote in a recent report to the council.

The new ordinance regulates drone usage “primarily related to the potential takeoff and landing near special events and emergency responses,” Farnsworth noted in his report.

Drone takeoffs and landings are banned outside of an operator’s (or observer in contact with an operator) visual line of sight; within 25 feet of another individual, excepting the operator or operator’s designee; and on private property without the consent of the property owner.

Also prohibited are takeoffs and landings within 500 feet of a special event or emergency response without a city-issued temporary use permit, a device with any type of weapon attached to it and any violation of an FFA temporary flight restriction or notice to airmen.

The ordinance is based on a model that was developed by the Association of California Cities – Orange County, with input from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Orange County Fire Authority, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and representatives from local sports leagues.

The new ordinance banning adult businesses from locating in Savi Ranch makes permanent the moratoriums the council placed on such businesses in two interim urgency ordinances that were approved in May and June.

The urgency ordinances were adopted in response to concerns an adult business might seek to lease the former TGI Friday’s site on Eastpark Drive that closed in March. The site is about 200 feet away from the 69-unit Oakcrest Terrace apartment complex.

Also in the area is the 54-unit Oakcrest Heights apartment complex. The developments allowed higher densities to meet requirements under the city’s state-mandated housing plan.

A 2004 adult business ordinance allowed the establishments in the Savi Ranch planned development and in M-1 (light industrial) zones, but did not include a separation distance requirement from residential uses, noted a report to the council by planning intern Ashanti Mason-Warren.

Originally, residential uses were not planned in Savi Ranch, and residential uses near eligible areas in the M-1 zone were largely separated by significant grade differences along La Palma Avenue on the city’s southern boundary, according to the report.


Jim Drummond is a longtime Yorba Linda resident. He gives his opinion on local issues weekly. Send e-mail to

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Adult-film company claims Michigan residents stole movies online

An adult-film company says residents in West Michigan have been stealing “high-end” adult movies on the internet. 

 GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The makers of “high-end” adult movies are trying to find out who has been stealing their motion pictures.

Strike 3 Holdings LLC has filed seven federal lawsuits in the Western District of Michigan in an effort to identify IP addresses of those stealing its movies.

“Defendant is, in a word, stealing these works on a grand scale,” Shelby Township attorney Joel Bernier wrote in one of the complaints.

Strike 3′s movies, distributed by Blacked, Tushy and Vixen adult websites and DVDs, are “produced with a Hollywood style budget and quality,” and have won many awards, Bernier said.

“One of Strike 3′s owners, two-time director of the year Greg Lansky, has been dubbed the adult film industry’s ‘answer to Steven Spielberg,’” the lawsuit said.

Three of the “John Doe” defendants live in Grand Rapids. Others are in Bellevue, Big Rapids, Kalamazoo and Rapid City in Kalkaska County, lawsuits said.

Erotic films producer says West Michigan residents illegally share ‘Girly Girls,’ other movies

The movies are allegedly being shared on BitTorrent file-distribution network, a peer-to-peer file sharing system used to distribute large amounts of data such as digital movie files.

BitTorrent breaks a file into small pieces, which are exchanged with other users. Once all of the pieces of the movies are downloaded, they are “automatically reassembled,” and the movie is ready for viewing, the lawsuit said.

Strike 3 used IP address technology by Maxmind Inc. to trace the IP address to a physical address, and wants the user’s internet server provider to identify the user.

The company wants users to be ordered to stop infringing on its copyrighted works, delete digital files of its property and pay damages and attorney fees.

Strike 3 says its subscription-based websites are among the highest adult-content sites in the world.

“Strike 3′s motion pictures have had positive global impact, leading more adult studios to invest in better content, higher pay for performers, and to treat each performer with respect and like an artist.”

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Study casts doubt on whether adult brain’s memory-forming region makes new cells

In stark contrast to earlier findings, adults do not produce new nerve cells in a brain area important to memory and navigation, scientists conclude after scrutinizing 54 human brains spanning the age spectrum.

The finding is preliminary. But if confirmed, it would overturn the widely accepted and potentially powerful idea that in people, the memory-related hippocampus constantly churns out new neurons in adulthood. Adult brains showed no signs of such turnover in that region, researchers reported November 13 at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C.

Previous studies in animals have hinted that boosting the birthrate of new neurons, a process called neurogenesis, in the hippocampus might enhance memory or learning abilities, combat depression and even stave off the mental decline that comes with dementia and old age (SN: 9/27/08, p. 5). In rodents, exercise, enriched environments and other tweaks can boost hippocampal neurogenesis — and more excitingly, memory performance. But the new study may temper those ambitions, at least for people.

Researchers studied 54 human brain samples that ranged from fetal stages to age 77, acquired either postmortem or during brain surgery. These samples were cut into thin slices and probed with molecular tools that can signal dividing or young cells, both of which are signs that nerve cells are being born. 

As expected, fetal and infant samples showed evidence of both dividing cells that give rise to new neurons and young neurons themselves in the hippocampus. But with age, these numbers declined. In brain tissue from a 13-year-old, the researchers spotted only a handful of young neurons. And in adults, there were none.

“We were unable to detect young neurons in adult human hippocampus,” study coauthor Shawn Sorrells of the University of California, San Francisco said in his presentation.

The researchers also looked for physical signs of dividing cells and young neurons, such as small, elongated nuclei, using electron microscopy and light microscopy. Again, there was no evidence of newborn neurons in adults, Sorrells said in his presentation. (Because the results have been submitted for potential publication in a journal, Sorrells declined to comment for this story.)

That absence of young hippocampal neurons conflicts with some earlier research. A definitive answer has eluded scientists in part because there’s no easy way to study these cells in living people. Several of the earlier studies relied on unusual circumstances to spot cells born in adulthood.

A landmark study, published in Nature Medicine in 1998, found newborn neurons in the hippocampi of people who, as part of their cancer treatment, had been dosed with an imaging molecule called BrdU that gets incorporated into the DNA of newly formed neurons.

A different approach, published in 2013 in Cell, led to the same conclusion. By looking at people exposed to radioactive carbon released during Cold War bomb testing as adults, Jonas Frisén and colleagues found a surprisingly large number of newborn hippocampal cells — an estimated 700 new cells per day in each hippocampus (brains have one hippocampus on each side).

The methods used to study tissue from people after they’ve died can be finicky, particularly that from older people. Molecular markers of neurogenesis in adult brain tissue can be difficult to see, making the method “extremely challenging,” says Frisén, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

It’s also possible that the birth rate of neurons varies widely from person to person. “There are huge differences between different mouse strains,” Frisén says, and it’s not unreasonable that similar differences might exist in people. In the new study, the subjects’ health could have declined before their deaths, reducing neurogenesis at the very end of their lives.  

Experts say the preliminary study is not the last word. “I would love to see more data,” says Gerd Kempermann of Technische Universität Dresden in Germany. In the meantime, the body of evidence in favor of human neurogenesis in the hippocampus, including results from his lab, is quite strong, Kempermann says.

“I am convinced enough that an abstract at a meeting claiming otherwise does not shake up my concept,” Kempermann says. But he thinks it will be valuable to explore other explanations for the results, even if they don’t overturn the idea of human hippocampus neurogenesis. “Let’s be open and wait,” he says.

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Adult critically hurt, child injured in River Road crash

An adult was critically hurt and a 4-year-old child also suffered injuries in a crash that has the 5200 block of River Road closed, Cincinnati police confirmed Wednesday.

Two people were reported trapped in a vehicle when a truck and minivan collided about 8:30 a.m., according to police.

The child was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The adult was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Enquirer media partner Fox19 provided this report.

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Fullscreen’s young adult streaming service is shutting down

If you didn’t bother to fork out $6 per month to watch docuseries My Selfie Life and relive Dawson’s Creek, you may need a Fullscreen refresher. Established in 2011 by former YouTube exec George Strompolos, the company is owned by Otter Media (a joint venture of ATT and The Chernin Group). Last November, the streaming service was assimilated into ATT’s internet TV plans, courtesy of a free trial for mobile customers.

After the demise of NBC’s Seeso comedy platform in August, Fullscreen’s death is more proof that niche online services are struggling to co-exist alongside wide-ranging rivals like Netflix and Amazon. Leveraging ATT’s vast mobile subscriber base no doubt helped Fullscreen nab “hundreds of thousands” of paying customers and “millions” of app downloads. But, it simply wasn’t enough.

Yet, the company isn’t limited to its VOD service. After starting life as a talent network for online creators, Fullscreen Media snapped up YouTube behemoth Rooster Teeth in 2014, which it will continue to invest in, along with its branded content.

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