Archive for August, 2010

Police Report Says Paris Hilton Thought Cocaine Was Gum

Posted in News, People Behaving Badly with tags , on August 31, 2010 by punauni

Paris Hilton told cops she thought the cocaine allegedly found in her handbag during a search at the weekend was gum, according to a newly-released police report.

“The Simple Life” star was taken into custody in Las Vegas on Friday after a car she was traveling in was pulled over by cops and searched. The officers found a suspicious-looking white powder in her purse.

Hilton was briefly jailed and then released and now faces a hefty fine and four years behind bars.

A police report filed late on Friday suggests the socialite told cops the purse, in which the drug was found, was not one she owned – and that she thought the powder was actually gum.

In the official document, obtained by the Associated Press, Las Vegas police Lieutenant Dennis Flynn writes, “She told me the purse was not hers, that she had borrowed it from a friend.

“Hilton admitted the (asthma medication) Albuterol (also in the purse)… was hers and is prescribed to her, but the suspected cocaine was not. I asked Hilton whose cocaine it was, and she said she had not seen it but now thought it was gum.”

Hilton’s lawyer, David Chesnoff, has refused to comment on the police document.

The heiress will reportedly be officially charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office on Monday.

Arts student sues over Pittsburgh police beating

Posted in News, Police Behaving Badly with tags , on August 31, 2010 by punauni

PITTSBURGH — A black teen who attended the city’s performing arts high school claims three white Pittsburgh police officers wrongfully assumed he was involved with drugs when they beat him, then allegedly conspired to file false charges against him and concoct a cover story for their actions, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday.

Jordan Miles said he had his face pushed into the snow and his gums impaled on a piece of wood, as officers kicked and punched him Jan. 12, a day after his 18th birthday. Thinking he was being kidnapped by the plainclothes officers, who set upon him saying, “Where’s your money? Where’s the drugs? Where’s the gun?” Miles recited “The Lord’s Prayer,” prompting police to twice choke him and slam his face into the snowy ground, the lawsuit said.

Miles’ allegations were reviewed by the FBI and remain under investigation by the civil rights division of the Justice Department, spokeswoman Xochitl (ZOH’-shee) Hinojosa said Monday.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl suspended the officers without pay in February and, at that time, expected to wrap up an internal investigation within a month. Instead, that investigation remains on hold while the Justice Department investigates, and the city will not comment on the lawsuit, said Ravenstahl spokeswoman Joanna Doven.

“Once the higher authority decided to take this case on, their decision, of course, supersedes any possible city action,” Doven said Monday. “We are awaiting their results.”

Miles’ attorney, J. Kerrington Lewis, said, “The complaint speaks for itself and Jordan passed a lie detector test on the facts contained in the lawsuit.” Lewis said the FBI administered the test months ago, because “they don’t proceed (with an investigation) unless they believe they have good foundation to do so.”

Miles, a violist who attended the city’s prestigious Creative and Performing Arts High School, contends he was walking after dark from his mother’s home to his grandmother’s when officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing set upon him.

The Associated Press could not immediately locate phone numbers or attorneys for the officers, and the president of the officers’ union did not immediately respond to a copy of the lawsuit e-mailed by the AP.

Police charged Miles with loitering and prowling, aggravated assault and resisting arrest, claiming he acted suspiciously then fought with them after they clearly identified themselves as officers. Miles said the men didn’t identify themselves as officers, and he resisted because he thought he was being assaulted or kidnapped.

A city judge dismissed the charges after a preliminary hearing in March in which a nearby homeowner denied police claims that they asked whether she knew Miles, or if he had permission to be on her property — where police accused him of prowling. The woman testified that Miles is friends with her son and that she never told police he shouldn’t be near her residence.

The criminal complaint police filed said Miles was standing against a building “as if he was trying to avoid being seen.” The officers claimed to see something heavy in his pocket and believed he was carrying a gun — which police said turned out to be a bottle of soda — though Miles said he didn’t even have the soda in his pocket when he was attacked and had dreadlocks pulled from his scalp.

Miles’ lawsuit contends police also fudged an affidavit filed with the complaint in which police said Miles “‘appeared to be under the influence of controlled substances’ even though police drug tests administered prior to the preparation of the Affidavit showed Plaintiff tested negative for drugs,” the lawsuit said.

“Defendants jointly and severally subverted and corrupted the judicial process to charge Plaintiff with crimes knowing the charges were false and knowing the evidence was fabricated,” the lawsuit said.

The suit seeks unspecified damages and also accused police of using excessive force, false arrest and imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and claims the city failed to properly train its officers. The lawsuit contends the officers didn’t have probable cause to approach Miles.

Police warn about risky ‘pass-out game’

Posted in News with tags , , on August 14, 2010 by punauni
The day after Angelena Ohanessian was found unconscious in her bedroom closet, a cord tied around her neck, her parents searched for clues that would explain what the normally bubbly, upbeat girl had been doing.

A video on her cell phone provided a possible answer.

According to her parents, the video showed Angelena, 14, and her friends demonstrating how to play “the pass-out game.” As their actions were described by an off-screen narrator, the girls deprived themselves of oxygen, causing them to lose consciousness and fall into their friends’ waiting arms.

The game produces a woozy, sometimes addictive euphoria, experts say, and Angelena apparently decided to seek the sensation while alone. Her attempt went terribly wrong, and on July 31, two days after her parents discovered her, Angelena died at a Chicago-area hospital.

It was the first of two recent deaths in Chicago that authorities have attributed to self-strangulation, leading police to call a news conference to bring attention to the issue. The “pass-out game” is an age-old teen ritual some experts think may be becoming more popular.

“I hadn’t heard about it in years, but in just the last three or four months, kids have been talking about it,” said psychologist CeCe Horan, director of child and adolescent services at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates.

Horan and other experts said technology could be helping to spread the practice. What was once considered a secretive, even shameful activity is now being spread through online and cell phone videos.

“Kids are looking for more outrageous things: How far can you push the envelope for the thrill?” said Kate Leonardi of the Florida-based DB (Dangerous Behaviors) Foundation.

Angelena grew up on the Northwest Side, and was about to be a freshman at Resurrection High School. Earlier this summer, she had mentioned to her mother, Violette, that some kids were getting high in a nearby park by depriving themselves of oxygen.

She didn’t say whether she had tried it. Her mother said she never thought to ask.

“I said something like, ‘That is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of,'” she said. “It went right over my head, not thinking my kid was going to do that. … I’m preaching (against) drugs and alcohol … and they’re doing the pass-out game.”

Though Angelena didn’t tell her mother, she did confide in her sister, Madalana, who is a year older. She said Angelena didn’t think it was dangerous.

After Angelena’s death, her friends started to open up, her mother said,

“All of her friends are coming forward saying, ‘She knew not to do this alone,’ and admitting that they’ve been doing it,” she said. “It’s very disturbing.”

Violette Ohanessian has played her daughter’s cell phone video for the parents of Angelena’s friends, she said, though she made them first promise they would not punish their daughters for participating.

“They’re already living with guilt,” she said.

On Tuesday, about two weeks after Angelena’s parents found their daughter’s body, another Chicago family made a similar grim discovery.

Rebekah Toia, 15, an honors student at Whitney Young High School, was found hanging from a cloth belt attached to the top of her bedroom door. Police said they believe it was another case of self-asphyxiation gone wrong.

Barbara Toia said she had no idea her daughter was engaging in such dangerous behavior.

100-Year-Old Scotch Pulled From Frozen Crate

Posted in News with tags , , on August 13, 2010 by punauni

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A crate of Scotch whisky that was trapped in Antarctic ice for a century was finally opened Friday – but the heritage dram won’t be tasted by whisky lovers because it’s being preserved for its historical significance. The crate, recovered from the Antarctic hut of renowned explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton after it was found there in 2006, has been thawed very slowly in recent weeks at the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. The crate was painstakingly opened to reveal 11 bottles of Mackinlay’s Scotch whisky, wrapped in paper and straw to protect them from the rigors of a rough trip to Antarctica for Shackleton’s 1907 Nimrod expedition. Though the crate was frozen solid when it was retrieved earlier this year, the whisky inside could be heard sloshing around in the bottles. Antarctica’s minus 22 Fahrenheit (-30 Celsius) temperature was not enough to freeze the liquor, dating from 1896 or 1897 and described as being in remarkably good condition. This Scotch is unlikely ever to be tasted, but master blenders will examine samples of it to see if they can replicate the brew. The original recipe for the Scotch no longer exists. Once samples have been extracted and sent to Scottish distiller Whyte and Mackay, which took over Mackinlay’s distillery many years ago, the 11 bottles will be returned to their home – under the floorboards of Shackleton’s hut at Cape Royds on Ross Island, near Antarctica’s McMurdo Sound. Whisky lover Michael Milne, a Scot who runs the Whisky Galore liquor outlet in Christchurch, described the rare event as a great experience. “I just looked at this (crate) and honestly, my heartbeat went up about three paces. It was amazing,” he said. “The box was like a pioneer’s box with the wood and nails coming out,” he said. Although Milne said he’d give anything to have a taste of the whisky. “It is not going to happen and I am not going to get excited about it,” he said. “But if there was ever an opportunity, it could be a wonderful one to have.” Nigel Watson, executive director of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, which is restoring the explorer’s hut, said opening the crate was a delicate process. The crate will remain in cold storage and each of the 11 bottles will be carefully assessed and conserved over the next few weeks. Some samples will be extracted, possibly using a syringe through the bottles’ cork stoppers.

Women Smoke Crack With Infant In Room, Police Say

Posted in News, Parents Behaving Badly, People Behaving Badly with tags , , , on August 13, 2010 by punauni

Peggy Dutton (left) and Erica Orme

Peggy Dutton (left) and Erica Orme

Two women were arrested in Ocala over the weekend after officers found a “lethargic” infant in their smoke-filled motel room, police said. Police in Ocala said someone called authorities Sunday to suggest they check on the well-being of an infant at the Rama Inn on Blitchton Road in Ocala.Officers were directed to a room that they said was filled with a thick layer of smoke and spoke with Peggy Dutton, who said the room was rented by her boyfriend, according to a news release. Another woman, Erica Orme, was laughing on a bed while her 2-month-old son slept, police said. Polcie said they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the motel room.

“Orme, who was now holding her infant son, advised that she and Dutton had been smoking ‘crack’ cocaine in the room,” according to the news release. Police said Orme told them that she and Dutton would each take turns watching the baby and smoking cocaine. Police said one of the officers “requested that EMS respond to the scene due to the drug usage in the infant’s presence and her observations of the child being lethargic. “Orme and Dutton were both arrested on child abuse and drug charges, police said, the pair were transported to the Marion County Jail.

Meth lab materials found in toddler’s backpack

Posted in News, Parents Behaving Badly, People Behaving Badly with tags , , , , on August 13, 2010 by punauni

BROKEN ARROW – Police found meth lab materials in a toddler’s pink “Dora the Explorer” backpack Tuesday night.

The child’s parents were jailed and the two young children with them were referred to the Department of Human Service, police said.

Officers stopped a car without an operating tag or third brake light about 10 p.m. Tuesday at 71st Street and 193rd East Ave. They found a married couple and their 1-year-old child and 2-year-old girl in the car, according to an arrest report.

The officer smelled burnt marijuana and manufacturing methamphetamine, and asked the occupants to get out of the vehicle. The components of a meth lab were found in the girl’s backpack, according to the report.

The parents, Cecil Doyle Martin, 33, and Melissa Dawn Martin, 26, of Broken Arrow, are in the Tulsa Jail on complaints of manufacturing methamphetamine, child endangerment and marijuana possession. They are being held without bond, jail records show.

Melissa Martin told police she had bought some of the meth lab items and had put the backpack in the car. She also had pseudoephedrine pills and 3.5 grams of marijuana in her pocket, according to the report.

Cecil Martin has previously served prison time for unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute.

He is currently on probation on charges from Muskogee County, Oklahoma Department of Correction records show.

7 week-old baby recovering from heart surgery, dies from abuse

Posted in News, People Behaving Badly with tags , , on August 10, 2010 by punauni

Brownstown, MI-23 year-old, Devon Nicholas Deangelis is facing a first-degree child abuse charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years. Deangelis is suspected of abusing his 7 week-old daughter, who was just released from the hospital last Saturday after having heart surgery a month ago.
The baby’s mother,  Kelly Hayes said she left the baby in Deangelis care while she went out to get medical supplies, only to be call a short time later and told ‘something was wrong with the child’ When Hayes arrived at the house she found the baby lying on the couch unresponsive.

“I rushed into mother mode and you start CPR as fast as you can,” she said.

Grief stricken, she is looking for answers from Deangelis. The infant was rushed to Children’s Hospital in Detroit where she was diagnosed with brain damage from a skull fracture and the symptoms of shaken baby syndrome. Deangelis initially told the hospital that he was holding the baby and tripped. The baby allegedly fell and hit her head. The hospital told police that the massive injuries seen are not that of a fall
Deangelis was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in 33rd District Court in Woodhaven. He was held on a $300,000 cash bond, which he made and was released.