KANSAS CITY, MO March 23 2013 What one Independence man is accused of doing with chewing gum may have people thinking twice about accepting a piece at work.
Orange County authorities were called to the Crestwood Suites by callers who reported hearing screaming and growling from a room on the second floor.
“I literally thought there was a beast inside this place,” said hotel guest Evette Mays.
Responding deputies found the victim naked, covered in blood on the floor. He was going in and out of consciousness as he tried to describe what happened, officials said.
According to the authorities, the victim had bite marks on his hands and stomach and was bleeding from significant lacerations on his genitals.
SEQUOYAH COUNTY, OK Feb 22 2013 – Oklahoma authorities investigating a mysterious death have come up with a rare theory. They are looking into whether or not a 65-year-old man died from spontaneously bursting into flames.
“This is a case that I’ve never seen before,” Sheriff Ron Lockhart said.
Family members found Danny Vanzandt dead Monday inside his home outside of Muldrow, OK.
“The body was burned and it was incinerated,” Lockhart said.
Lockhart believes the death could be a rare case of spontaneous human combustion.
“I think there’s only about 200 cases worldwide and I’m not saying that this has happened, I’m just saying that we haven’t ruled it out,” he said.
Lockhart said the fire didn’t damage the house and there were no signs of struggle.
“There was no damage to the furniture or anything around the fire, so it was a low heat fire,” he said.
Family said they noticed the back window of the man’s pickup truck was busted out.
Investigators sent the body to the medical examiner’s office in Tulsa, OK.
“If you read about spontaneous human combustion that’s what we have here,” Lockhart said.
He said Vanzandt was an alcoholic and avid smoker.
The autopsy report is pending.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. Jan 14 2013 — A teenager is recovering after police say he shot himself in the penis and testicle while cleaning a gun he just bought.
It happened Thursday morning at a home on the 200 block of Verada Street in Port St. Lucie.
Police say 18-year-old Michael Smeriglio first lied to police saying someone shot him while he was walking down the street. After being questioned by police he admitted to accidentally doing it himself.
Doctors say the bullet went through his penis, his left testicle and then lodged itself in his thigh.
Smeriglio told police he bought the gun last month at a party.
While police were investigating at the home where it happened, they discovered marijuana in the house. That led to the arrest of the homeowner Joseph Lamar James, 22, on drug charges.
BEND, Ore. Jan 8 2013– An Oregon man who loves beer and loves his dog has concocted some hooch for the pooch.
Daniel Keeton works at Bend’s Boneyard Brewery tasting room and calls his canine creation Dawg Grog.
KTVZ reports ( http://bit.ly/UB3pFZ) there’s no alcohol in the doggie brew. Ingredients include vegetable broth and spent grain.
Bottles of Dawg Grog are on sale at the Visit Bend store, along with other local beers.
Keeton says his dog, Lola Jane, usually licks her bowl clean.
Campus police reportedly arrested Terry J. Davis on Wednesday and charged him with stealing a textbook called “Resolving Ethical Issues” from the University of Louisville’s Health Sciences Center.
Police say Davis later tried to sell the book to Gray’s College Bookstore in Louisville.
The arrest report said surveillance video cameras captured the theft and attempt to sell the book.
The Internal Revenue Service is giving the owner of $840,000 in cash found during an Alamance County drug investigation one more month to claim their money.
The Times-News of Burlington reports (http://bit.ly/M2VQ72 ) the money was found in a storage unit in Graham in April.
The IRS has published notices in the newspaper saying anyone making a claim for the cash has until Aug. 21 or it will be forfeited to the federal government.
Investigators were eventually led to the storage unit after a traffic stop in 2010 found nearly $1.6 million in boxes in a trailer. The driver of the trailer said he was taking drug money back to Mexico.
Authorities also found ammunition in the storage unit that rented for $95 a month.
KNOXVILLE TN July 13 2012 - A Knox County man was arrested Wednesday after he was seen naked working in his yard.
Knox County sheriff’s deputy Scott Ritch says he saw Lindsay Medd Stevens standing completely nude in his yard on Windwhisper Boulevard.
The officer says when he arrived at the house Stevens was cutting a tree.
When Stevens saw the officer, the crime report says, Stevens ran inside his house.
A neighbor had called the sheriff’s office to complain about Stevens, who reportedly had been seen naked in his yard by neighbors several times in the past.
Stevens was booked in the Knox County Detention Center and charged with indecent exposure.
ALBUQUERQUE NM July 2 2012 - Two trashy would-be robbers make the highlight real of dumb Albuquerque criminals in action.
The crime involves a Dunkin Donuts, two trash bags and couple of serious and now-wanted amateurs.
The owner of the donut shop on Central Avenue SE across from the University of New Mexico said two women came in about 4:30 a.m. on June 6, ordered some donuts and then asked a favor.
“They borrowed the counter person’s phone to call a cab,” store owner Greg Beliveau told KRQE News 13. “They hung around a little more.”
The owner says the two then left but came back a few minutes later. This time, though, they are in disguise, sort of, after donning trash bags and weren’t interested in more donuts.
“They said give me all the money, and the counter person said, ‘Oh, really?’” Beliveau said.
When the counter person went to chase them out of the store, they ran out the door, got into the cab and drove away.
The pair not been seen since although the Albuquerque Police Department Armed Robbery Unit is trying to bag them for attempted armed robbery.
“This is tops on the list of strange things,” Beliveau said. “We’re calling them the White Trash Bandits. Not very smart. Not very smart at all.”
The two robbers didn’t get far in the cab they called. The cabbie kicked them out down the street because they didn’t have any money.
SOUTH CAROLINA June 29 2012 - Imagine finding yourself behind bars for something you didn’t even know was illegal. It may not require as much imagination as you think.
One man in the Pee Dee found himself behind bars last week for having a few beers and knocking over a few items in his own home, not a crime by most perspectives, by nevertheless, he was facing charges.
The police report says the man was sitting inside his home watching a basketball game when his wife got home. The report claims he got mad at her, and he was visibly drunk, but he never touched her. The man did admit to yelling and moving several objects out of the way.
The man was eventually handcuffed and booked on disorderly house charges, which are still pending.
A disorderly house charge, according to online legal records, applies when the conduct of its inhabitants is such as to become a public nuisance, or the suspect is accused of maintaining a brothel. The police report in this arrest did not indicate either of those conditions would apply.
If that’s not the most outrageous thing you’ve ever heard, wait until you hear about these other laws still on the books in South Carolina.
SECTION 16-15-50: Seduction under promise of marriage.
This law states that any male living in the state of South Carolina that promises to marry an unwed woman must follow through on that promise. Failure to fulfill that promise makes him guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable if convicted with a fine or up to one year in prison.
SECTION 53-1-40: Unlawful to work on Sunday.
This law plainly states that on the first day of the week, you must refrain from work unless your work is for charity or necessity. That law contains a clause for those in Charleston County that consider their Sabbath to be on the seventh day of the week, Saturday.
Horses may not be kept in bathtubs.
This one is pretty self-explanatory.
SECTION 20-7-8915: Playing pinball machines.
It is unlawful for a minor under the age of eighteen to play a pinball machine. Really, that’s what it says.
Myrtle Beach has its own set of laws that some may find questionable.
SECTION 5-13: Persons may not change clothes in a gas station without permission of the owner.
This law says you cannot, without the express permission of the owner or proprietor, use a public restroom to change from your bathing suit into an outfit or vice versa.
Another Myrtle Beach law: It is illegal to urinate in the waters of any park.
This law mentions specifically Chapin Memorial Park, saying it is unlawful to pollute the waters by either willfully of negligently discharging liquid or solids pollutants into the park waters. The punishment for such actions in unspecified.
Myrtle Beach isn’t the only South Carolina city with some questionable city ordinances. Greenville is also on the list.
The drinking age on Furman University campus is 60 years old. The private, liberal arts college was originally a “dry campus,” but recently, condos were built on the property for senior citizens, so drinking was allowed, but only for the senior citizens.
Also joining the list is Lancaster County. It is illegal to dance in public in Lancaster.
This law comes from the peninsula of Charleston, and bears no explanation for its origin: The Fire Department may blow up your house.
And Fountain Inn rounds out the list with this doozy…Horses are to wear pants at all times
“Whether it’s paper, wood, cloth or any other material, X-Acto knives let you cut through almost anything with precision and ease,” X-Acto’s website reads.
Detective Bill Veteran told the San Francisco Chronicle that the man, whose name is being withheld, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But he’s (unsurprisingly) undergoing a psychological examination.
The man’s motivation for removing his own genitalia is currently unknown. However, since drugs have been removed as a factor, bath salts–the synthetic substance known to trigger extreme and often violent hallucinations–can likely be ruled out.
Authorities located the severed organ in question and doctors are working to re-attach it.
Cutting off one’s own penis, a practice called autopeotomy, is not quite as uncommon as one would think, although in certain cases it can prove fatal. An Indonesian man did it in 2010 after discovering his girlfriend planned on dumping him and marrying someone else. A similar incident occurred in the Philippines the following year when a 39-year old man severed his penis after stabbing his wife.
However, the most striking event in recent memory occurred in London, when a Polish man dashed into a crowned restaurant on The Strand, grabbed a knife from the kitchen, jumped up on a table and sliced off his own penis in full view of all the customers.
SHELBY, NC June 7 2012 - Police in Shelby say they arrested a woman over the weekend after she squeezed a man’s testicles out of his scrotum.
Joyce Maxine Gregory, 35, is charged with malicious castration and assault inflicting serious bodily injury, according to Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford.
Police say Gregory got into an argument with an older man Saturday morning. When he went outside to call 911 she followed him and grabbed his scrotum.
The man ran to a nearby rescue squad building for help.
Police were sent to the residence on Bowman Street to arrest Gregory. When she was placed in the patrol car, she pulled down her pants and urinated in the backseat.
Gregory’s bond was set at $20,000.
SPARTANBURG, SC June 2 2012 - A Spartanburg woman is accused of sending herself more than a dozen harassing letters that threatened her and her family.
Spartanburg Public Safety Capt. Regina Nowak said since November 2008, Tammy Roberts filed 19 police reports claiming she received threatening letters.
A police investigator assigned to the case has worked on it for a long time, Nowak said.
Investigators sent two separate evidence samples to the State Law Enforcement Division, and they said in both cases, DNA from the sealed envelopes matched Roberts.
Because of the circumstances, the case involves the FBI and U.S. Postal Inspectors. Roberts she could face federal charges.
Roberts is adamant that she didn’t do it and claims that she’s being framed.
She is charged with 19 counts of filing a false police report.
Roberts was arrested Wednesday. She was released on bond Thursday.
Baltimore college student accused of killing roommate, eating his heart and brain www.privateofficer.com
BALTIMORE MD June 1 2012 (AP) — A 21-year-old college student accused of killing a housemate told police he ate the victim’s heart and part of his brain after he died.
Alexander Kinyua hid the head and hands of the dead man in his family’s basement laundry room in a suburb of Baltimore, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. Kinyua, a student at Morgan State University, was charged earlier in May in another attack in which the victim was brutally beaten but survived.
Kinyua, a Kenya native, is charged with first-degree murder and other charges in the death of 37-year-old Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie. He was ordered held on no bail.
His public defender did not return a call seeking comment, and a voicemail left at Kinyua’s home was not returned.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Monica Worrell said the chief medical examiner had not yet officially identified the body parts, but that authorities believe they are those of Kodie, who was reported missing May 25. His cellphone and wallet were left in the home and police were initially told he had gone for a run.
On Tuesday, Kinyua’s father, Antony Kinyua, called detectives and reported that another son, Jarrod, found what he thought were human remains in the house where they all lived in Joppatowne.
Jarrod found two metal tins, which held a human head and two human hands. Police say Jarrod confronted his brother, who said the remains were animals.
According to charging documents, Jarrod and his father went to the basement, where Jarrod “observed that the items he observed were gone and Alex Kinyua was cleaning the container he observed them in.”
Detectives obtained a search warrant and found the head and hands in the house. Police say Alexander Kinyua admitted to killing Kodie by cutting him up with a knife and eating his heart and part of his brain.
Authorities say Kinyua told detectives the rest of the body could be found in a trash container at the Town Baptist Church in Harford County where they discovered remains.
The attack comes in the same week as a man in Miami chewed away another man’s face along a busy highway and wouldn’t stop until an officer shot him to death. Witnesses say 31-year-old Rudy Eugene growled at the officer and continued to chew away. The victim, identified as 65-year-old Ronald Poppo, a homeless man who lived under the causeway, was in critical condition and will be permanently disfigured.
On May 19, Kinyua beat a man with a baseball bat on Morgan’s campus, fracturing his skull and making him lose sight in one eye, according to Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
Kinyua was arrested May 20 and released on $220,000 bail.
Morgan officials say Kinyua studied electrical engineering and was also in the ROTC.
According to court records, the victim, Kodie, a native of Ghana, was convicted in November 2008 in Baltimore County of sex offense and assault in September 2007 and harassment, stalking and telephone misuse for making repeated calls in 2007 and 2008 to a woman.
He was sentenced to at least a year and a half in jail.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. April 20 2012 (AP) – You can buy Fat Bastard wine in Alabama, but you’ll have to go elsewhere for Dirty Bastard beer. The state alcoholic beverage control agency said Thursday it has banned Dirty Bastard beer because of profanity on its label.
But the maker, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co., can appeal the decision to the agency’s board.
The state allows the sale of Fat Bastard wine. But board attorney Bob Martin says the brand was approved years ago, and he doesn’t know the circumstances.
Alabama gained notice a few years ago for banning a wine brand that featured a nude nymph on its label.
Its decision on the beer is opposed by Free The Hops, a group that advocates for new beer brands in Alabama.
An Anson County funeral home is shut down after state investigators revoked its license.
The North Carolina Board of Funeral Service sent the notice of revocation to F & M McLendon Funeral Home in Wadesboro in late March.
According to state officials, the investigation began in November 2010.
That’s when Anson County sheriff’s deputies went to the funeral home to serve an eviction notice and said instead, they discovered three corpses inside.
State investigators said the funeral home director, Mary McLendon, told them the dates of death were all in the past few weeks.
But an investigation revealed the bodies of Richard Bennett, Willie Mae Odom and Larry Kendall had actually been there for months.
As one investigator testified, “at least one of the bodies were wrapped in black plastic inside the casket without a body tag and [he] noticed an odor.”
Richard Bennett’s longtime companion, Katherine Ross, told Eyewitness News she had no idea Bennett’s body was left unattended for five months.
“It made me feel angry because it wasn’t right,” Ross said.
Ross said her family held a funeral at McLendon’s, and then paid Mary McLendon to cremate Bennett’s remains and take them to a cemetery.
But investigators said McLendon never followed through, and Ross said her calls to the home about Bennett’s ashes went unreturned.
State officials also investigated five separate complaints where customers alleged they paid McLendon for funeral services or headstones that were never received, nor were they reimbursed.
The officials report concluded McLendon “…embezzled, or fraudulently or knowingly and willingly misapplied, or converted…funeral funds to her own use.”
Eyewitness News called McLendon and went to the funeral home Tuesday but was unable to find her.
McLendon did post a statement on Facebook that read, in part, “I love my job as a Public Servant. My composure is kept and right now I’m praying to GOD to show me why this is happening.”
State officials said McLendon can seek a new license after one year but must complete education courses and fully reimburse all of the affected families.
EVERETT, Wash.March 18 2012 - A man wearing a bra and wig was arrested Friday after he was spotted in a women’s bathroom at Everett Community College, police said.
Officers responded to the scene at about 1:30 p.m. after a college staff member said she saw the man go into the women’s rest room and alerted security personnel.
An investigation found that the suspect had gone into the rest room while two women were inside, according to a police report. The women were later interviewed and said they had no idea that the man was there.
When police interviewed the man, he claimed that he had gone into the bathroom to use the facilities.
But the investigating officer noted that the man was wearing a wig and bra. A search also turned up a pair of woman’s panties in his front pocket, according to the police report.
The man, later identified as Taylor J. Buehler, 18, of Lake Stevens, was placed under arrest.
He admitted to officers that he was the suspect in an earlier voyeurism incident at Everett Community College on Monday, police said.
In the earlier incident, he said he took a shower in the girls’ locker room for sexual gratification, acccording to the police report.
UPPER DARBY, Pa.March 18 2012 – A mother and her three children were arrested after stripping off and running stark naked around a Pennsylvania high school parking lot, while chanting and praying to Jesus, WTXF reported.
Sarah Butler, 44, daughters Joanne, 23, and Bessie, 22, and her 14-year-old son were taken into custody Friday afternoon after the bizarre incident unfolded in front of shocked students at Upper Darby High School, just outside Philadelphia.
The incident was sparked after Sarah Butler repeatedly tried to take another one of her sons out of the school but was refused. The boy is her biological son, but she does not have legal rights to him, sources told the TV station.
After the mother was turned away three times, the Butlers were filmed by students taking off their clothes, chanting and scuffling with security guards.
Upper Darby Police Department superintendent Michael Chitwood said that the family members were screaming, “Praise the Lord, Jesus Christ is good,” while they ran around nude.
Cell phone videos and pictures of the incident flooded Twitter and other social-networking sites.
“We were all shocked and taking videos. We didn’t know what to do, so we just kept watching,” student Derek Owens said. “[The Butlers] were screaming and running around the car trying to get away, and then they [police] just forced them into a paddy wagon.”
“It’s pretty crazy. You don’t see that every day, like, especially out the window at Upper Darby High School,” fellow student Meagan Massey added.
The family faces charges of indecent exposure, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
The mother and one daughter were later admitted to a psychiatric hospital for assessment.
LAFAYETTE, Colo. March 16 2012 (AP) — Police in Lafayette, Colo., have ticketed a man who is accused of tying his cat to a rock after the feline refused to go jogging.
Sgt. Fred Palmer says 19-year-old Seth Franco brought his cat on a leash to the path around Waneka Lake Park on Wednesday, but the cat was unable to keep up.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera ( http://bit.ly/ysr3qe ), witnesses told police that Franco secured the cat’s leash to a rock while he finished his run. A passer-by called police.
Franco was ticketed on suspicion of “domestic animal cruel treatment,” a municipal offense.
Palmer says an ordinance in the city, about 20 miles north of Denver, “prohibits that kind of tethering.”
The cat wasn’t injured, so it was released to its owner.
Franco could not immediately be reached for comment.
Havelock NC March 6 2012 A Havelock man who accidentally set himself on fire died Tuesday morning in the hospital.
Gary Allen Banning, 43, died at 5:53 a.m. Tuesday at the UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill after the incident Monday night, according to Havelock police.
A series of different events Monday led to Banning’s death. Earlier in the day, Banning accidentally drank from a jar that contained gasoline and spit it out, getting it on his clothes, according to Havelock police. He did not change his clothes, and later in the evening went to light a cigarette, catching his clothes and himself on fire.
“It was just a freak incident,” said W.K. Preslar, investigator with the Havelock Police Department.
Preslar explained that a resident of the apartment is a mechanic and uses gasoline to help clean the grease from his hands. He said Banning accidentally drank the gasoline that was stored in a salsa jar near a kitchen sink.
The incident took place in apartment B-9 at 200 Roosevelt Blvd. Police and fire crews were called to the scene at 9:55 p.m. Monday. Banning was transported to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern and later to the UNC Burn Center with what police described as severe burns to his body.
Preslar said the apartment in which the incident took place had minor damage and did not catch on fire.
“It was charred as far as the carpet where he was standing,” Preslar said. “But as far as the structure itself, there was no damage.”
He said no foul play is suspected, but police are still investigating pending toxicology results of Banning’s blood.
PORTLAND OR March 6 2012 – A 3-year-old Oregon girl was recovering Monday at Legacy Emanuel Hospital after doctors removed 37 ‘Buckyballs’ magnets from her intestines.
Payton Bushnell complained to her parents of symptoms that resembled the flu and lasted several days, Legacy spokeswoman Maegan Vidal told KGW. Then, they took her in to get checked.
Doctors took an X-ray (see photo) and found the balls clustered in her stomach. She was expected to fully recover and was listed in good condition Monday morning. She has been in the hospital since Feb. 21.
The Buckyballs company issued a statement at the top of its web page Monday:
Buckyballs was saddened to learn that a 3-year-old girl in Oregon had swallowed high-powered magnets but we are relieved that she is expected to make a full recovery. This unfortunate incident underscores the fact that Buckyballs and Buckycubes are for adults. They are not toys and are not intended for children. We urge all consumers to read and comply with the warnings we place on all our products, on our website and in stores. Please keep these products out of the hands and reach of all children.
Arizona sheriff deputies charge three for using Craigslist to find a dog for sex www.privateofficer.com
Maricopa County AZ Feb 29 2012 Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested three people Monday on suspicion of using Craigslist to find a dog for one of them to have sex with.
Deputies arrested San Tan Valley residents Sarah Dae Walker, 33, and Shane Walker, 38, on charges of conspiring to commit an act of bestiality. Officers also arrested 29-year-old Robert Aucker of Gilbert.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the three suspects used Craigslist to find a male golden shepherd for Sarah Walker to have sex with, while the other two would look on.
All three told detectives that they were going to commit an act of bestiality, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Walkers said they are “swingers” who engage in an “open marriage,” according to detectives.
According to detectives, the three suspects drove to a prearranged location intending to commit bestiality with the dog.
The owner of the golden shepherd was an undercover detective, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Aucker told detectives he had a sexual relationship with Sarah Walker for about a month. She reportedly told him that she had dreams about having sex with a dog, the Sheriff’s Office said.
“People who do this for enjoyment are a different breed, that’s for certain,” Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.
Arpaio criticized Craigslist executives for failing to put a stop to such advertising.
Bestiality is a class 6 felony.
MADISON, Wis. Feb 25 2012 (AP) — Police say a Wisconsin man took the Denny’s restaurant chain slogan “America’s diner is always open” too far, marching into one of the restaurants, announcing he was the new boss and cooking himself dinner.
James Summers walked into a Madison Denny’s on Tuesday dressed in a maroon tie and black trench coat and carrying a briefcase, according to police. He strode into the manager’s office, told her he was the new general manager and then fixed himself a burger, fries and a soda before police arrived.
“This is why you don’t dine and dash, kiddies,” Summers yelled out to diners as officers took him away, police said in a release.
Police found a stun gun in a hip holster under his coat and crack pipes in his briefcase, a criminal complaint showed. Prosecutors charged him Wednesday with disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, and felony possession of an electronic weapon.
According to the complaint and the police news release, Summers, 52, entered the Denny’s and found restaurant manager Tracy Brant counting out the day’s receipts in a back office. He announced he was her new general manager and would be starting work that evening.
Brant challenged him, saying corporate headquarters hadn’t notified her of any new general manager. She suggested he had the wrong restaurant.
But Summers maintained his story, growing more confrontational after Brant told him she didn’t believe him. He told her he was starting and that was final, investigators said in the complaint.
She was able to get Summers out of the office and close her door. She called a hiring manager who confirmed Summers didn’t work for Denny’s.
While she was on the phone, her cooks knocked on the door and told her Summers had prepared himself a meal. He was in the middle of eating when Brant confronted him again. She told him he didn’t work for Denny’s and he had to leave.
Summers shot back that he had worked for Denny’s for 30 years and Brant wasn’t going to tell him he couldn’t work there. When Brant asked him how he planned to pay for his $10 meal, he told her he wouldn’t – and couldn’t – pay.
Brant called 911. Police found Summers as he was walking across the restaurant parking lot. He told officers that he had an alcohol and drug addiction, according to the complaint.
Summers’ initial court appearance was Wednesday. Court records show a public defender represented him. A spokesman for the state public defender’s office declined comment Thursday, saying the office won’t represent Summers as the case progresses.
A Denny’s employee referred calls to a Denny’s area manager, who didn’t immediately return a message left by The Associated Press. A manager told a reporter who visited the Madison restaurant Thursday afternoon no one would comment.
Summers is due back in court March 6 for a preliminary hearing.
Chesterfield VA. Feb 21 2012 Chesterfield County police are investigating a suspected attempted robbery at a CVS drugstore by a man with prosthetic legs.
The man entered the store in the 8100 block of Midlothian Turnpike near Buford Road about 8 p.m. Saturday, presented a note to a pharmacist demanding prescription pills and departed without receiving anything, police said.
The man was described as black, about 5-feet-6 and 130 pounds, wearing a dark-gray, hooded sweatshirt, black shorts and a blue knit cap.
Anyone with information should call Chesterfield police at (804) 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at (804) 748-0660 or text the code tip699 with the tip and send to 274637 (CRIMES).
Source:Richmond Times Daily
CHICAGO IL Feb 21 2012 (AP) – A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting support from parents and from doctors who give them sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics.
It’s an issue that raises ethical questions, and some experts urge caution in treating children with puberty-blocking drugs and hormones.
An 8-year-old second-grader in Los Angeles is a typical patient. Born a girl, the child announced at 18 months, “I a boy” and has stuck with that belief. The family was shocked but now refers to the child as a boy and is watching for the first signs of puberty to begin treatment, his mother told The Associated Press.
Pediatricians need to know these kids exist and deserve treatment, said Dr. Norman Spack, author of one of three reports published Monday and director of one of the nation’s first gender identity medical clinics, at Children’s Hospital Boston.
“If you open the doors, these are the kids who come. They’re out there. They’re in your practices,” Spack said in an interview.
Switching gender roles and occasionally pretending to be the opposite sex is common in young children. But these kids are different. They feel certain they were born with the wrong bodies.
Some are labeled with “gender identity disorder,” a psychiatric diagnosis. But Spack is among doctors who think that’s a misnomer. Emerging research suggests they may have brain differences more similar to the opposite sex.
Spack said by some estimates, 1 in 10,000 children have the condition.
Offering sex-changing treatment to kids younger than 18 raises ethical concerns, and their parents’ motives need to be closely examined, said Dr. Margaret Moon, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ bioethics committee. She was not involved in any of the reports.
Some kids may get a psychiatric diagnosis when they are just hugely uncomfortable with narrowly defined gender roles; or some may be gay and are coerced into treatment by parents more comfortable with a sex change than having a homosexual child, said Moon, who teaches at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.
It’s harmful “to have an irreversible treatment too early,” Moon said.
Doctors who provide the treatment say withholding it would be more harmful.
These children sometimes resort to self-mutilation to try to change their anatomy; the other two journal reports note that some face verbal and physical abuse and are prone to stress, depression and suicide attempts. Spack said those problems typically disappear in kids who’ve had treatment and are allowed to live as the opposite sex.
Guidelines from the Endocrine Society endorse transgender hormone treatment but say it should not be given before puberty begins. At that point, the guidelines recommend puberty-blocking drugs until age 16, then lifelong sex-changing hormones with monitoring for potential health risks. Mental health professionals should be involved in the process, the guidelines say. The group’s members are doctors who treat hormonal conditions.
Those guidelines, along with YouTube videos by sex-changing teens and other media attention, have helped raise awareness about treatment and led more families to seek help, Spack said.
His report details a fourfold increase in patients at the Boston hospital. His Gender Management Service clinic, which opened at the hospital in 2007, averages about 19 patients each year, compared with about four per year treated for gender issues at the hospital in the late 1990s.
The report details 97 girls and boys treated between 1998 and 2010; the youngest was 4 years old. Kids that young and their families get psychological counseling and are monitored until the first signs of puberty emerge, usually around age 11 or 12. Then children are given puberty-blocking drugs, in monthly $1,000 injections or implants imbedded in the arm.
In another Pediatrics report, a Texas doctor says he’s also provided sex-changing treatment to an increasing number of children; so has a clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where the 8-year-old is a patient.
The drugs used by the clinics are approved for delaying puberty in kids who start maturing too soon. The drugs’ effects are reversible, and Spack said they’ve caused no complications in his patients. The idea is to give these children time to mature emotionally and make sure they want to proceed with a permanent sex change. Only 1 of the 97 opted out of permanent treatment, Spack said.
Kids will more easily pass as the opposite gender, and require less drastic treatment later, if drug treatment starts early, Spack said. For example, boys switching to girls will develop breasts and girls transitioning to boys will be flat-chested if puberty is blocked and sex-hormones started soon enough, Spack said.
Sex hormones, especially in high doses when used long-term, can have serious side effects, including blood clots and cancer. Spack said he uses low, safer doses but that patients should be monitored.
Gender-reassignment surgery, which may include removing or creating penises, is only done by a handful of U.S. doctors, on patients at least 18 years old, Spack said. His clinic has worked with local surgeons who’ve done breast removal surgery on girls at age 16, but that surgery can be relatively minor, or avoided, if puberty is halted in time, he said.
The mother of the Los Angeles 8-year-old says he’s eager to begin treatment.
When the child was told he could get shots to block breast development, “he was so excited,” the mother said.
He also knows he’ll eventually be taking testosterone shots for life but surgery right now is uncertain.
The child attends a public school where classmates don’t know he is biologically a girl. For that reason, his mother requested anonymity.
She said she explained about having a girl’s anatomy but he rejected that, refused to wear dresses, and has insisted on using a boy’s name since preschool.
The mother first thought it was a phase, then that her child might be a lesbian, and sought a therapist’s help to confirm her suspicion. That’s when she first heard the term “gender identity disorder” and learned it’s often not something kids outgrow.
Accepting his identity has been difficult for both parents, the woman said. Private schools refused to enroll him as a boy, and the family’s pediatrician refused to go along with their request to treat him like a boy. They found a physician who would, Dr. Jo Olson, medical director of a transgender clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Olson said the journal reports should help persuade more doctors to offer these kids sex-changing treatment or refer them to specialists who will.
“It would be so nice to move this out of the world of mental health, and into the medical world,” Olson said.
EXTON, Pa. Feb 18 2012 (AP) – A hefty southeastern Pennsylvania man is behind bars after police say he walked naked into a Walmart and stole a pair of socks.
Thirty-two-year-old Verdon Lamont Taylor was arrested Wednesday night after police say he stripped off his clothes in the parking lot of the Exton store and went inside.
Police say surveillance footage shows the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Downingtown man walking around the store. Authorities say they used a stun gun to subdue him after he refused to comply with officers’ orders.
Taylor was arraigned on charges including aggravated assault and indecent exposure. He’s being held on $50,000 bail at Chester County Prison.
Online court records do not list an attorney for Taylor.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.Feb 7 2012 – Two men spent Super Bowl weekend locked up in an Albuquerque jail because of a dispute over a stolen burrito.
Albuquerque police tell KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/zpIbE4 ) the men approached another man Saturday night and asked to have a bite of his burrito and the man agreed.
However, police say the two men grabbed the burrito and walked away.
The burrito’s rightful owner wanted his burrito back. Instead police say he was beat up.
Anthony Sanders and Louis Vasquez were arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery.