Saturday, January 30, 2010

Transporting Marijuana

Over 700 pounds of marijuana found in septic tank
Police pulled over a truck containing approximately $400,000 worth of marijuana about 35 miles south of Tucson on Wednesday.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety issued a press release today detailing the incident, in which some 743 pounds of marijuana were removed from a septic tank on the vehicle on I-19 near of Tubac, Ariz.
According to the press release, a DPS officer pulled the truck over at about 4:00 p.m. after noticing the vehicle was displaying invalid license plates. Upon searching the vehicle, the officer found bales of marijuana packed into the truck's holding tank.
The truck's driver, Leonard Salcido, 24, of Tucson, was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for sale.
Basket full of wet clothes used to
conceal marijuana
A woman used a laundry basket full of wet clothes to conceal packages of marijuana, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.
On Wednesday at about 5:30 p.m., CBP officers at the Douglas Port of Entry were screening travelers and vehicles when they came in contact with a 27-year-old woman driving a 2010 Ford Fusion.
The woman was identified as a Mexican National and resident of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.
The officers became suspicious of the woman and selected her for further inspection.
CBP officers searched the vehicle and discovered that a laundry basket full of wet clothes was concealing packages of marijuana.
The total weight of marijuana was about 25 pounds with an estimated street value of $56,000.

Dentist's drill bit left behind for 11 months.

Donna Delgado from Tampa, Florida just wasn't healing properly after dental surgery.
There was too much bleeding, too much pain. Her head hurt. She was dizzy. She had nosebleeds and sinus infections.
And with good reason, according to her lawsuit: The surgeon left an inch-long piece of steel in the wound.
She wound up in a hospital, where the medical staff detected the foreign object. She was referred to another hospital for surgery.
"The poor thing," said the lawyer, Anthony Martino. "You don't know how horrible it's been for her."
According to the lawsuit, which asks for unspecified damages and a jury trial, Delgado was experiencing dizziness and numbness on her right side, where the burr was.
Concerned about the numbness, she was taken for emergency treatment at St. Joseph's Hospital.
Not knowing about the burr, doctors performed a magnetic scan that caused the object to move inside her head, Martino said.
"She was in excruciating pain," he said, adding that the shifting of the burr could have killed her.
Doctors debated whether it would be safe to remove the object, but Dr. Dennis Agliano, an ear-nose-and-throat specialist, said it must come out. He removed it.

Mechanic test driving a Porsche going at 163 mph crashes

Routine maintenance on a 2008 Porsche Boxster took an unusual turn Thursday, when a Sanibel mechanic took the car on a wild test drive, reaching an estimated 163 mph, and crashed it.
Kenneth Kasten, 50, owner of the Sanibel Shell service station, was driving the Porsche on McGregor Boulevard near Punta Rassa Road at 6 a.m. when he lost control and flipped the car into some mangroves, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The Porsche - owned by Nanelle Wehmann of Sanibel - was the only vehicle involved in the crash, which occurred in a 55-mph limit zone.
The FHP estimated the damage to the Porsche at $50,000.
Kasten wasn't seriously injured and left the scene before emergency crews arrived, Cpl. George Kantor of the FHP said. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the crash.
Authorities arrived on scene to find the car smashed, abandoned and upside down.

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

Australia bans small breasts
The Australian Sex Party (ASP) said that the Australian Classification Board (ACB) is now banning depictions of small-breasted women in adult publications and films. It comes just a week after it was found that material with depictions of females ejaculating during orgasm are now Refused Classification and Australian Customs directed to confiscate it.
ASP’s Fiona Patten writes on her party’s website that they are starting to see depictions of women in their late 20s being banned because they have an A cup breast size.
Even if you are 18 years old but you look younger, taking a photograph of your breasts and uploading it to the Internet could land you or someone you know in serious trouble.
Keep in mind it’s highly unlikely that a naked photograph of a 30, 40 or 50 year old woman with small breasts would ‘appear’ to be child pornography on the basis of her breast size alone. Small breasts do not automatically mean something will be banned or is illegal.
U.S. Child Porn Distributor Arrested
A South Boston man was charged Friday in what prosecutors say could be one of the largest child pornography distribution cases in the world.
Police said they found 16,000 files of child pornography on George Shipps' seized computer. One piece of evidence recovered is 75-minute video, sexual in nature, showing girls as young as 5 and 6-years-old, officials said.
His computer system was identified as one of the "largest distributing child porn in the world in the last few months," according assistant Attorney General Chris Kelly. Investigators said Shipps allowed the material to be accessed through a peer-to-peer online network.
Thieves break through walls to steal from library
Philadelphia, Police say thieves busted through walls to steal six computers from a library in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood.
Library staff noticed the thefts from the Cecil B. Moore branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia on Tuesday morning.
Officials say the thieves used an abandoned building next door to launch their attack. They used heavy construction tools to break through a brick wall and another wall to get inside.
Library officials say they lost six PCs and eight flat-screen monitors, plus accessories.
Branch manager Aurora Deshauteurs says the computers were used by children for homework and residents applying for jobs.
Because of budget cuts Deshauteurs doesn't know when the computers will be replaced.
Pelvic Exams Being Done Without Consent
Imagine that you are undergoing a fairly routine surgery – say, removal of uterine fibroids or hysterectomy. During or right after the procedure, while you are still under anesthesia, a group of medical students parades into the operating room and they perform gynecological exams (unrelated to the surgery) without your knowledge.
Do you consider this okay, or an outrageous violation of your rights?
Regardless of your feelings, you should be aware that this is standard procedure in many Canadian teaching hospitals.
Medical students routinely practice doing internal pelvic examinations while surgery patients are unconscious, and without getting specific consent, at least in Canada.
Boyfriend in Rage
Mark Vaughan, 27, emptied Kathryn Leigh's wardrobe of gear worth £6,000 - plus 45 pairs of shoes - after seeing her kiss another man.
He added her laptop to the pile before dousing it with petrol in the street.
Police civilian investigator Katherine returned from a nightclub to find a burnt mess in the road outside their house in Farnborough, Hants.
Cops arrived to find him "extremely drunk."
Guildford Crown Court, Surrey, heard he had sent her texts threatening to burn her things.
He admitted arson and got a 12-month supervision order, £600 costs and 100 hours unpaid work.
Man Accused of Burning Puppy in Front of Kids
Police say a Philadelphia man poured rubbing alcohol on his family's puppy and set it on fire in front of his children.
Police and animal welfare officials say 33-year-old John Fleet was arrested Friday after his children told a school counselor about the incident. He has been charged with animal cruelty.
George Bengal of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the children reported their father became enraged Thursday night when the dog nipped at them.
Bengal says the 5-month-old pit bull mix was badly burned, with charring on its neck and ears. He says the dog might lose sight in one eye.
Fleet told investigators the dog was burned accidentally.
11 Year Old Accused Of Shooting Dog
He's accused of stealing a rifle from one neighbor and then using it to shoot another neighbor's dog.
Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Department was called to investigate the shooting of a German Sheppard on Monday.
The dog's owner told deputies he heard a gunshot and went to investigate.
He found his dog on the front porch bleeding with a wound to the neck.
Investigators spent the day talking with other neighbors, some who say they heard the shot, while animal control officers rushed the dog to a nearby veterinarian clinic.
Later that evening, one of the neighbors who had said she had heard the gunshot, called the Sheriff's Department to report finding a rifle in her backyard.
When deputies arrived she told them she had already questioned her eleven year old son who admitted to her he shot the dog because it had been keeping him awake at night.
Woman sues Metra after toilet explodes on train
A woman is suing Metra after the contents of a toilet allegedly "exploded" and splattered her as she rode a Joliet-bound train.
Julianna Mandernach filed the suit in Cook County Circuit Court against the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corp. and Metra, claiming the Jan. 29, 2009, incident left her with injuries of a “personal and pecuniary nature.”
Mandernach boarded a Metra train on the Chicago-to-Joliet/Rock Island line as a passenger, the suit claims. She used a toilet on the train, and upon flushing, the contents exploded out of the toilet and "splattered" her.
The suit claims Metra permitted Mandernach and other passengers to use the toilet when they should have known it was not working properly. Metra should have repaired and replace the toilet, and also failed to barricade, rope or block off the toilet from public use.
The suit seeks unspecified damages, as well as costs of the suit.
7-year-old girl hangs herself with dressing gown cord.
10-year-old girl accidentally hanged herself with a dressing gown cord.
Woman 'strangled girlfriend with dressing gown cord.'
Woman Killed By Fire Hose.
Argument over $20 escalates in machete attack.

Cucumber Abuse

At first glance, it looks like a cartoon character. But a closer look reveals something much more revealing. A billboard along Interstate-35 in Lancaster is packing quite a sexual punch and some North Texans aren't amused.
The billboard was put up by the companies Condoms to Go and Sara's Secret. Both stores feature adult toys, lingerie and movies.
It features a cucumber with cartoon eyes and a mouth. The billboard reads "stop vegetable abuse."
The locally-owned adult stores are asking potential customers to consider alternative adult devices.
Employees of the stores say they've received several complaints since the billboard went up last week.