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News Brief: Polio-Like Illness Paralyzes 5 Kids in California

A mysterious illness doctors are comparing to polio has struck down up to 25 children in California, leaving them with paralyzed limbs and a bad prognosis.

Medical experts have identified the illness in Californian children over the course of a year.

The children, aged between two and 16, all suffered paralysis of the arms or legs and some experienced respiratory difficulties.

The infections, possibly caused by a virus, are still very rare and there’s no widespread cause for alarm. But researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, say they’re concerned about the mysterious illnesses detected in kids ages 2 to 16 between August 2012 and July 2013.  Read more http://warm-winters.org/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=http://warm-winters.org/gallery/ here

News Brief:   Mullica kindergarten teacher could be fired after finding students naked in bathroom

Residents and teachers in this rural community are rallying around a veteran teacher who may lose her job after she found two of her kindergarten students naked in her classroom bathroom and promptly reported it to a principal.

Superintendent Brenda Harring-Marro has filed tenure charges against the teacher, Kelly Mascio, of Mullica Township, said Mullica Township Education Association President Barbara Rheault.  Read more see here

Retired Cop Involved in Theater Tragedy Denied Bond

buy canibus Lyrical law Chad Oulson was described by friends as a man who loved dirt bikes and his baby daughter. Curtis Reeves was a retired Tampa police officer who liked riding his motorcycle with his wife and was once on his county’s Crimestoppers board of directors.

curtis reeves theater shooting Reeves , known to his friends as “Hondo.”joined the Tampa Police Department in 1966.

The men’s lives collided in a movie theater altercation that left Oulson dead and Reeves in jail. Oulson was texting his daughter’s daycare, friends said, and Reeves got mad.

“He must have just snapped,” neighbor Joe D’Andrea said of Reeves, describing him as friendly, “stand-up” guy. “I’m trying to put all of this together.”

During Reeves’ first court appearance Tuesday, Judge Lynn Tepper ordered that the 71-year-old be held without bond on a second-degree murder charge. Reeves appeared in court via video and donned a bullet proof vest.

Pasco County Sheriff’s officials say Reeves initially asked Oulson to stop texting at the theater in Wesley Chapel, a suburb about a half-hour north of downtown Tampa.

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Sheriff’s Detective Allen Proctor wrote that Reeves spoke to Oulson during the movie previews, then got up from his seat and informed management.

 When Reeves returned to his seat “additional words were exchanged” and Oulson threw a bag of popcorn at Reeves, the report said.

After officers read him his rights, Reeves told the detective that Oulson struck him in the face with an unknown object, and that’s when he removed a .380 caliber gun from his pants pocket.

The report said Reeves fired the gun and struck Oulson once in the chest and that he “was in fear of being attacked.”

Judge Lynn Tepper said she found the evidence from Monday’s shooting “significant” enough to warrant no bond on the second-degree murder charge. A bond hearing will be scheduled in the coming days.

Reeves faces life in prison if convicted. He only spoke once during his court appearance, to say “yes, ma’am” to the judge when she asked him if he could afford to hire his own attorney.

Reeves, who appeared in court via a video link from the jail, appeared to be wearing a bullet proof vest without a shirt on underneath.

This was not the first time Reeves had a run in at the movie Theater…Last month a  33-year-old  woman, Jamira Dixon, says Reeves harassed her lafter she texted during the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Gunman’s Father  In Hiding

 Reeves‘ attorney, Richard Escobar, argued that his client should be released because of his deep ties to the community.

Escobar said that he found the Sheriff’s Office probable cause document to be “quite weak” and that Reeves was defending himself from Oulson.

“The alleged victim attacked him,” Escobar said, adding that Oulson threw something, possibly popcorn, at Reeves. “At that point in time he has every right to defend himself.”

Judge Tepper said that throwing “an unknown object does not equal taking out a gun” and shooting someone.

Escobar said Reeves has lived in the Tampa Bay area almost his entire life – he worked at the Tampa Police department from 1973-1993, and was a homicide detective at one point. Reeves is active in his church and attends Bible study and has two grown children, one a Tampa Police officer.

Reeves’ home in Hernando County lies north of the movie theater. Neighbors said that Reeves and his wife moved to the rural subdivision about 10 years ago.

Everyone in the neighborhood knew that Reeves was a retired police officer, said D’Andrea, the neighbor.

“He was a stand-up guy in the neighborhood,” D’Andrea said. “I would not think he was the type of guy to do something like that.”

Reeves and his wife were friendly with the neighbors, often attending house parties, said D’Andrea. The couple also owned a motorcycle and enjoyed taking long rides.

Reeves was instrumental in establishing the Tampa Police Department’s first tactical response team, that agency’s spokeswoman said. He retired in 1993 and later worked security at the Busch Gardens theme park. He also served on the Crimestoppers board of Hernando County.

D’Andrea said Reeves’ experience in law enforcement should have taught him not to pull his weapon in a movie theater.

“It doesn’t just affect his life, it affects a lot of people,” he said.

Devon Detrapani and her husband Joseph were friends with the Oulsons and that the men worked together at Sky Powersports, a motorcycle and off road vehicle dealer.

Chad Oulson was the company’s finance manager and a hard worker, Detrapani said. He rode dirt bikes on the weekend and “liked” several motocross stars on Facebook, but his true love was his baby daughter, Lexi.

“They are awesome parents,” said Devon Detrapani. “They love that little girl so much.”  Read full story here

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 Curtis Lepore Trial Begins (News Brief)

The Trial has begun  for the “Vine ” star who was charged with raping his ex-girlfriend in her SLEEP just weeks after the two met and fell in love online. 

Lepore became web celebrity by creating hundreds of quirky and silly 6-second videos and uploading them on “Vine
Curtis Lepore , who has 3.4 million followers on the social network was arrested in October for allegedly raping fellow “Vine” star Jessi Smiles in late August in Los Angeles.

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Curtis Lepore and Jessi Smiles are two of the most recognized among the community.

  • Lepore is accused of sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend as she was recovering from a concussion
  • Lepore and Smiles first met on Vine and had their first date in New York City in early August 2013
  • Rape suspect released 6-second statement on Vine urging people to reserve judgement before they hear his side of the story.  Full story here

ABOUT Vine:  Vine is a mobile app owned by Twitter that enables its users to create and post short video clips. The service was introduced with a maximum clip length of six seconds and can be shared or embedded on social networking services such as Twitter (which acquired the app in October 2012) and Facebook.  Though Vine was initially available only for iOS devices, it has been introduced on Android, Windows Phone, HTML5, and Windows 8. Vine was released on January 24, 2013.

TOPICS:  Celebrity Gossip , Curtis Lepore, Vine, Arrested, Trial, Jessi Smiles,

 

Khloe Kardashian Spends Anniversary Without Lamar

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Khloe Kardashian celebrated her 4th wedding anniversary  on Friday….and according to sources…it was minus Lamar.

Khloe Kardashian, LamarOnce again, the news of her “solo celebration” just ads to the speculation about the status marriage between the reality television star and her troubled NBA free agent husband.  Khloe, 29, dropped her married name from her Twitter account on Friday, one week after she took it off her Instagram account.

According to sources…Khloe was spotted Equinox fitness club in Woodland Hills on Saturday, In an attempt to be incognito…there was know doubt that the women wearing large sunglasses, a sweatshirt  with a hood to cover her face and a sleeve pulled down over her had making it difficult to determine whether or not she was wearing a wedding ring.

As for Lamar…he has reportedly been on a crack cocaine binge and  had been staying at a rental house in the Palm Springs area with two unidentified women and his bf  Jamie Sangouthai.  He was seen leaving the house located in a gate community at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday night.  He then arrived at the Tarzana home which he had previously shared with his reality television star wife…Khloe Kardashian.

After a brief visit he then was seen leaving again.  Final destination….his loft in Downtown L.A.

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Khloe and Lamar got married in 2009, a month after meeting each other.

Hollywoodlife.com reported that Khloe might be celebrating her four-year wedding anniversary without Lamar, but her friends showed that they will always love her by giving her a super-sweet present — so supportive and caring of them!

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Krokodil Flesh-Eating Drug Hits U.S.

Krokodil the Flesh Eating Substance has been uncovered in Arizona.

Heroin, Flesh Eating Drug, Krokodil Krokodil, real name desomorphine, is an opioid derivative of morphine. Like other addictive opioid  substances such as heroin.  It has a sedative and analgesic effect.

It’s onset is reportedly fast-acting and  eight to 10 times more potent than morphine. A homemade version of the substance  is easily made using codeine, iodine, gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, lighter fluid and red phosphorus.

Krokodil is a popular Russian drug, made of codeine and an assortment of other chemicals, which are injected directly into the vein.

Read more at: http://www.heavy.com/news/2013/09/krokodil-crocodile-russia-flesh-eating-drug/

Dr. Frank LoVecchio, the co-medical director at Banner’s Poison Control Center, reported that his center located in Arizona has dealt with two users of the dangerous drug known for its use in Russia in the past week.

“As far as I know, these are the first cases in the United States that are reported. So we’re extremely frightened,” he said.

“They extract (the drug) and even though they believe that most of the oil and gasoline is gone, there is still remnants of it. You can imagine just injecting a little bit of it into your veins can cause a lot of damage,” LoVecchio said.

The combination of these chemicals (see list next page) often causes gangrene, making it necessary to amputate the affected regions. The acidic chemicals can also rot and eat at the flesh from the veins out.Heroin Drug Hits Arizona

It has been gaining attention internationally because of growing use in Russia, in part because it is cheaper than buying heroin. About 1 million people in Russia use krokodil, and the drug has been found in other European countries as well, according to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Heroin, the drug most often compared to krokodil, is considered much more healthy and much less addictive than the flesh-eating intoxicant.

Russia is estimated to have around 2.5 million drug addicts, most of whom use heroin.

According to sources:  In 2009, Russian drug control services seized over 65 million doses of the drug.

NOTE:  A heroin addict may live up to six or seven years. The life of a desomorphine addict is much shorter- two years maximum. Some may take it for five years, but many people die after taking their first dose of this drug.

Heroin, the drug most often compared to krokodil, is considered much more healthy and much less addictive than the flesh-eating intoxicant.

WARNING: Graphic and disturbing photos of those who have used Krokdil Here

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Homeless Man Pushes Woman on Commuter Track

The woman was standing on the platform at the White Plains station when the 39-year-old man pushed her and she fell onto the tracks

Homeless man pushes woman on commuter trackA woman has  been left with horrific injuries after she was pushed in front of a train by a homeless man on Wednesday morning.

The 21-year-old  identified as Maya Leggat, a student at Hunter College  was allegedly shoved on the tracks at White Plains station in New York after she refused to give money to  39-year-old Howard J. Mickens, who lives in a shelter.

Shocked commuters described seeing her mangled legs on the tracks.  Bystanders  followed the man and held him until police arrived.   He was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder.

According to sources…Mickens made a bizarre appearance at White Plains City Court today saying he was ‘guilty with an explanation’.  He was also said to be rambling incoherently about people trying to kill him and seeing ‘colors and darkness’.

Judge Eric Press, who ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation in the attempted murder case.

Maya is in stable condition at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla and is facing surgery after sustaining serious leg trauma,

The case was adjourned until October 25.

Mickens has 11 previous arrests with a criminal record dating back more than two decades.

He has served three state prison sentences for first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all felonies, state Department of Corrections records show.

VIDEO Commuter speaks about woman pushed in front of White Plains train: A Commuter from Mamaroneck, Catherine Ryan speaks about the scene at the White Plains Metro-North train station after a woman was pushed in front of a train Wednesday, Sept. 25.  Watch Video Here

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Richard Simmons Close Call

Fitness guru….Richard Simmons had a close call this morning in what could have been a career altering accident. Thank goodness he’s fine and still kicking!  The 64-year-old’s close call came when he was standing outside his Hollywood Hills home on Thursday.   He was chatting with some tour bus passengers when a preoccupied motorist who was passing by….ran over his foot.  OUCH!

The driver of the car was Simmons neighbor…an Asian man.  He stopped the car and went over to check on  “The Sweatin’ to the Oldies” star.   Read full story here

Runaway Cab Hits Fashion Model

 A Runaway cab severed the leg of a British fashion student and NYC tourist Sian Sian Green, British Tourist Green.   Sian Green and her friend Keshia Warren arrived in New York City on Monday for a long-anticipated dream vacation.   Warren barely escaped the accident that crippled her friend, “is still in shock,” according to Jason Green, Sian Green’s father.  It was the second visit to the city for Green, who is training to be a buyer for Hugo Boss.  Read full story here

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