Vermilion Attempt Abductions, Monster Energy Drinks Dangerous?, Counterfeit Money

Police in Vermilion are urging vigilance after another attempted child abduction in the city. The latest incident happened around 2:30 p.m. on October 19 in the area of Sanford Street near Vermilion High School. A mother called cops after her son and his friend, ages 9 and 10-years-old, where approached and followed by a man in a white van. Police say the boys were riding their bikes home from Sailorway Middle School when an older white man asked the boys to come to his van. When they refused, the man started to follow them as they biked away. The suspect is described as a white man in his 60s with a gray mustache. He was wearing a white baseball cap, sunglasses and a white shirt. He was driving a white van with no side windows.

Monster energy drinks have been cited in five deaths reported to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA says it has not established a direct link in any case and it's still investigating.  The reports, first disclosed by the New York Times, were requested under a Freedom of Information Act filed by the mother of a Maryland girl who died in December. Anais Fournier had a mild heart condition that was worsened by the energy drink and eventually caused her death, according to her mother's attorney, who filed a lawsuit against the company. A spokesperson for the company said that they have sold more than 8 billion beverages worldwide and have not received reports of any deaths directly linked to their product.

The Secret Service has been looking into several cases of counterfeit money in Toledo after people were paying with fake money for real goods and services. The Better Business Bureau says people could have counterfeit money in their wallet without knowing it because counterfeit printers are coming up with more tricks, making them harder to spot without looking closely. The BBB suggests keeping an eye on the money, comparing it with more of the same type of bills, and even feeling it. By running fingers across the print and vest of the president, people can feel a raised texture. With the holidays approaching, BBB representatives say counterfeiters are expecting consumers to spend quickly, without paying attention

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager