Off-duty Butler County deputy saves choking child at movie theater

Off-duty Butler County deputy saves choking child at movie theater


BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio — Quick thinking and persistence by a Butler County deputy saved the life of a little girl in the lobby of a movie theater Saturday.

Madelynn Kurtz, a third-grader, choked on a piece of candy as she was holding her mother’s hand while leaving the Cobb Luxury Theater in Liberty Township.

“I thought that she was going to die. I really thought that was what was going to happen,” said Madelynn’s mother, Chelsea Kurtz.

“I panicked, and I started screaming and started saying somebody help me. It was very emotional, and I just felt extremely helpless,” the mother said.

Off-duty Butler County Deputy Mike Gipson and his wife, Stephanie Gipson were also at the theater and heard Chelsea screaming.

“Stephanie had taken over and started doing the Heimlich (maneuver) on her, then Mike took over,” Chelsea Kurtz said.

Nothing seemed to work.

“I was thinking, ‘What are we going to do next?'” Gipson said.

“I ended up readjusting and ended up patting her on the back a couple of time,” Gipson said.

After about 10 tries, Madelynn started to breathe.

On Monday, the Sheriff’s Department gave the deputy the Lifesaving Award.

Most officers go their entire careers and don’t get the honor.

This is the third time in about two years Gipson has been given the Lifesaving Award.

“He’s my hero, always is. He’s so calm, so compassionate,” Stephanie Gipson said.
Madelynn gave the deputy a piece of paper with hearts that read, “I am so glad I am still alive. You are my hero. We appreciate you.”

Pasco County Fire Rescue transports man having heart attack to hospital, then does his yard work

Pasco County Fire Rescue transports man having heart attack to hospital, then does his yard work


HUDSON, Fla. (AP) — When a Florida man suffered a heart attack while laying sod in his front yard, the first responders did something extraordinary.

Melissa and Gene Work were rushing to finish the yard work in time to avoid a fine from their homeowner's association. Melissa Work said her husband was so worried about meeting the deadline that while he was drifting in and out of consciousness on the way to the hospital, he begged her to keep the grass from dying.

The rescue team took notice. After leaving the couple at the hospital, seven firefighters returned to their home and finished the job.

Melissa Work is sharing her thanks. Pasco County Fire & Rescue officials said Sunday on Facebook that they "believe in helping the community whenever we are needed."

Google Translate Can’t Provide Consent for a Police Search, Judge Rules

Google Translate Can't Provide Consent for a Police Search, Judge Rules

Sources (Gizmodo, TechCrunch)

Google Translate is a useful tool for some quick and easy translations, but a federal judge in Kansas ruled this week that the machine translation service isn’t good enough to allow a person to consent to a police search.

Omar Cruz-Zamora, a Mexican native in the US on a legal visa, had his vehicle searched by police after engaging in a conversation with them through Google Translate. They found 14 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamines in his car, but he will now be able to suppress charges related to the search because it doesn’t hold up to the constitutional burden for consent.

Per court documents, Cruz-Zamora was pulled over by police in Kansas last September while driving from Denver to Kansas City. He asked the officer, Ryan Wolting, if he spoke Spanish, which Wolting did not. The officer took Cruz-Zamora back to his squad car and started using Google Translate to communicate with him, and eventually issued him a warning for driving with a suspended registration before sending him on his way.

As Cruz-Zamora started to head back to his vehicle, Wolting called him back to the car to ask him several more questions through the broken Spanish translation provided by Google Translate. After more questioning, Cruz-Zamora revealed he had $7,700 on him to purchase a car that he intended to take to Mexico. At that point, Wolting asked to search the car, to which he testified Cruz-Zamora responded, “Yeah, yeah, go.” After digging through the vehicle, he discovered the stash of drugs.

Here’s the thing, though: the result from Google Translate for the phrase “Can I search the car?” is pretty questionable. Here’s how the court explained it in the decision, per Quartz:

Typed into Google Translate, “Can I search the car” translates to “¿Puedo buscar el auto?” When put in reverse order into Google Translate, “¿Puedo buscar el auto?” translates to “Can I find the car.” …while “¿Puedo buscar el auto?” is a literally correct interpretation, it is not the question [the officer] intended to ask defendant.

There were plenty of tells along the way that made the search seem fishy, as well. The officer testified that, on multiple occasions, Cruz-Zamora said that he did not understand the question, even when asked through Google Translate. Wolting also told the court that he didn’t know that a live translator was available to him at the time.

The case is not exactly precedent setting. As TechCrunch notes, it’s likely that police could conduct a search with consent obtained through Google Translate if the person provided another form of consent, like opening their trunk or doors for the officer. But it is certainly a victory for Cruz-Zamora and others who may feel pressured by police to consent without fully understanding their rights or what is happening.

You can read the full court document here:

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Apple closes law enforcement loophole for the iPhone


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Apple closes law enforcement loophole for the iPhone


The company will include a new feature, called USB Restricted Mode, in a future update of its iOS software, which runs on iPhones and iPads.

The feature disables data transfer through the Lightning port one hour after a phone was last locked, preventing popular third-party hacking tools used by law enforcement from accessing the device. The port can still be used for charging.

"We're constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves and intrusions into their personal data," Apple said in a statement Wednesday. "We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don't design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs."

The update could reignite tensions between Apple and the US government, which wants technology companies to include backdoors — official ways to get around encryption and other security measures — on their devices. Technology companies including Apple have objected to such requests.

Reuters and The New York Times first reported that Apple (AAPL) had confirmed the new feature. Vice's Motherboard previously reported that Apple was testing the change.

If a law enforcement agency wants to gain access to an iPhone, its options are limited, even with a warrant. The data on the device is encrypted and cannot be pulled off without cooperation from Apple or the phone's owner -- or possibly by using a corpse's fingerprint.

The FBI and Apple faced off over the issue in court in 2016. The FBI demanded Apple create special software so it could unlock the iPhone belonging to one of the attackers in the San Bernardino shooting in 2015.

Apple didn't end up building that software. Instead, the FBI purchased a tool from a third-party that let it hack into the device.

The practice has spread in recent years, with law enforcement agencies around the world buying devices that can pull information off a locked phone. Companies including Cellebrite and Grayshift sell the devices, which plug into the Lightning port.

Apple told CNNMoney that its security update, including the Restricted Mode feature, is meant to prevent criminal attacks rather than stymie law enforcement agents investigating cases. The update fixes a vulnerability that could be exploited by bad actors and police alike, the company said.

"There are over 700 million iPhones in the hands of consumers. Patching any and all vulnerabilities as quickly as possible is ... the only responsible path to protect the public," said Alex Rice, co-founder of HackerOne, a firm that helps large companies detect security flaws.

An internet privacy advocate said Apple's move was a win for the security of all iPhone users.

"Law enforcement is in the golden age of surveillance, with an unprecedented ability to look into every aspect of our lives, and more data available than ever before," said Kurt Opsahl, deputy executive director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "We should not weaken security for millions of innocent users just to keep one exploit working longer."

The FBI and the Department of Justice did not immediately respond to requests for comment outside of regular office hours.

The update will be available in iOS 12, the company's latest mobile operating system, when it comes out later this year. iOS 12 works on the iPhone 5S and later models.

But Jay Kaplan of cybersecurity firm Synack doesn't think it will be long before other techniques for getting into iPhones become available. Companies like Cellebrite that have based their business on it are likely to already have other tools stockpiled, he said.

Cellebrite didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

-- Jethro Mullen contributed to this report.

CNNMoney (San Francisco)
First published June 13, 2018: 9:35 PM ET