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This Mom Could Spend A Year In Jail Over Homemade Ceviche

This is Mariza Ruelas. She’s a mother from Stockton, California.

Credit: Mariza Ruelas / Facebook
CREDIT: Credit: Mariza Ruelas / Facebook

Ruelas loves to cook. She was a member of a Facebook group called “209 Food Spot,” a space where she says locals — the “209” is the area code for Stockton — shared and traded recipes.

Last year, Ruelas shared a recipe for ceviche with the group. Ruelas was then contacted by someone in the group asking to buy ceviche from her.

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CREDIT: Credit: KTXL / Fox 40

After Ruelas agreed to sell her ceviche, she learned the buyer was actually an undercover investigator for San Joaquin County in California.

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CREDIT: Credit: HBO

Ruelas, along with several other “209 Food Spot” group members, were then charged with operating a food facility and a business without proper permits in San Joaquin County.

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CREDIT: Credit: KTXL / Fox 40

Ruelas, who refused to accept a plea deal, now faces up to a year in prison if convicted. She took to Facebook to explain why she refused to plead guilty.

“The offer they made to me was 3yrs probation, 80 hrs community service, plea guilty to 1 of the 2 misdemeanors and a $235 fine. Now the reason I denied the offer besides the obvious of not wanting to ruin my record with a misdemeanor was because everyone else was offered 1 yr probation, 40hrs community service, plea guilty to 1 of the 2 misdemeanors and a $235 fine. Why did the DA make my offer worse than the others if we all had same charges? Also never did the DA post a warning to the page. Never did anyone come with any reports of getting food poisoning.”

Ruelas told KTXL that San Joaquin County has it all wrong. She says group members sometimes sold their food to recoup expenses for the recipes they posted and potlucks that were organized by the group.

Credit: Mariza Ruelas / Facebook
CREDIT: Credit: Mariza Ruelas / Facebook

Ruelas added that group members sometimes paid for a dish when they didn’t have their own dish to trade. “Somebody would be like, ‘Oh, I don’t have anything to trade you but I would love to buy a plate,'” said Ruelas to KTXL.

San Joaquin Deputy District Attorney Kelly McDaniel told KTXL that she enforces the law — she doesn’t write it.

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CREDIT: Credit: KTXL / Fox 40

“Food prepared in a facility that does not inspect it creates a risk to the public,” said McDaniel. (They should probably learn how to spell “ceviche,” though.)

Watch KTXL’s full story here.

READ: Someone at LAX was Busted for Bringing in 450 Illegal Tamales from Mexico

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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