Friday, July 24, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Come and Arrest Me
A woman from Albany, Oregon who called police to complain that neighbors were harassing her for having sex with a teen was arrested on charges she had sex with a 13-year-old, police said.
Albany police said they were called by Arlayne Cheryl Curiel, 24, on Saturday because her neighbors were harassing her about having sex with a 13-year-old.
Police investigated and determined that Curiel met a 13-year-old boy walking in downtown Albany on Friday and later that night he went to Curiel's home at 2337 SE Salem Ave.
Curiel gave the boy alcohol and they both went to an unoccupied house next door, where they had sexual contact, police said
Police arrested Curiel on charges of first-degree sex abuse, second-degree sodomy, second-degree rape, first-degree burglary and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Sex Assault Charges Filed Against 4 Boys
Prosecutors in Phoenix filed sexual assault charges against four boys ages 9 to 14, officials said Thursday, alleging they brutally attacked an 8-year-old girl after luring her to a shed with chewing gum.
Police said the girl's parents criticized her after the violence, blaming her for bringing shame on the family. All five children are refugees from the West African nation of Liberia.
The boys held the girl down while they took turns assaulting her, police said.
"She was brutally sexually assaulted for a period of about 10 to 15 minutes," police Sgt. Andy Hill said, calling it one of the worst cases the department has investigated.
The 14-year-old boy was charged Wednesday as an adult with two counts of sexual assault and kidnapping, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office said. He is being held without bond.
The other boys — ages 9, 10, and 13 — were charged as juveniles with sexual assault. The 10- and 13-year-old boys also were charged with kidnapping, the office said Thursday.
Authorities said the victim was in the care of Child Protective Services after her parents blamed her for the rapes and bringing shame to the family.
"The father told the case worker and an officer in her presence that he didn't want her back. He said 'Take her, I don't want her,"' Hill said.
Hill cited the family's background as the reason the family shunned the girl.
In many parts of Africa, women often are blamed for being raped for "enticing" men or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Girls who are raped often are shunned by their families.
Bee My Wife 
A Chinese couple have got married wearing clothes made of thousands of living bees.
I put a queen bee on each of us but the only thing is it was impossible to count how many bees we had - I don't know if a guess is enough?"
Li Wenhua and Yan Hongxia are both enthusiastic beekeepers and work for the Nanhu forestry commission at Ning’an city in northern China.
And despite the fact that most of their pals kept their distance, the couple were still delighted with their new clothes.
Husband Li said: "I have been working with bees for two decades and it was the obvious choice for us for our big day.
"I also wanted to set a world record for the biggest coat of bees - I put a queen bee on each of us but the only thing is it was impossible to count how many bees we had - I don't know if a guess is enough?"
His wife added: "It was an amazing feeling to have a carpet of living bees moving over my body.
"I could feel them as they moved around - it was amazing. I have always loved bees but this was a totally new experience."
Couple locked in historic prison
A retired prison officer and his wife became a historic jail's first inmates in nearly a century when they were accidentally locked in by staff.
Norman Bradshaw, 64, and his wife June, 63, from Scunthorpe were visiting Ruthin Gaol while on holiday in Denbighshire when staff closed up early and went home.
The couple were still exploring the grounds while listening to an audio tour and finally arrived at the souvenir shop to find it deserted with all the windows and doors locked.
Mr Bradshaw, from Scunthorpe, asked staff if they had time to do the tour, when they arrived and was assured that they did.
"My wife and I went into the shop to buy mementoes of the visit and found that not only were we on our own, but in fact we were locked in the Gaol with no visible means of escape in sight," he said. "The brochure says a visit to the Gaol is a grueling experience, and in this case it was."

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