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-#WTF – Grocery Store Worker May Have Infected 300 People With HIV
KANSAS CITY — A Missouri man was arraigned Thursday on charges that he recklessly infected a sexual partner with the virus that causes AIDS, and a prosecutor said he potentially could have infected 300 more people in two states.
David Mangum, 37, faces a felony charge in Stoddard County Circuit Court in southeastern Missouri accusing him of exposing a 29-year-old man to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes a life-threatening failure of the immune system commonly known as AIDS, according to court documents.
As well, Mangum admitted to having unprotected sex with more than 300 partners in Missouri and Texas since learning he was HIV positive in 2003, some of whom he had met through ads on the Craigslist Internet site, the court documents said.
“This situation is a serious public health concern,” Russell Oliver, Stoddard County prosecuting attorney, said in a statement. “There are potentially 300 or more unknown victims that have been unknowingly exposed to HIV in this region. If any of those 300 individuals contracted the virus, all sexual partners of those victims have potentially been exposed.”
Mangum, who worked in a grocery store in Dexter, Missouri, was arrested after his former partner learned in July that he was HIV positive. The man told police that Mangum had lied about having the virus.
Dexter Police Detective Cory Mills said Mangum told him he hid his HIV status from sexual partners because he feared they would reject him.
Mangum was assigned a public defender and his bail was set $250,000.
This story was originally published on Fri Sep 6, 2013 5:28 AM EDT
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-#WTF – Woman Forces Man to Have Sex with Her Friend at Gunpoint
A suburban woman is accused of giving a man she didn’t know a ride in River North and then forcing him at gunpoint to have sex with her friend in the back seat.
Cierra Ross, 25, of Olympia Fields, is charged with armed robbery and sexual assault in the July 26 incident, which prosecutors say started in River North when Ross picked up the victim.
The 33-year-old-man was standing on the street in the 400 block of North Kingsbury Avenue at about 5 a.m. on July 26 when Ross pulled up and offered him a ride, Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Pillsbury said in court Thursday.
The man hopped in the passenger side. As Ross drove, she allegedly pulled out a black revolver, pointed it at the man and “demanded [he] get into the backseat of the car and have sex with [her] friend,” Pillsbury said.
The man climbed into the backseat, where an unidentified woman made him take off his clothes. The man was then forced to have sex with the woman, even though he begged her to stop, Pillsbury said.
The man saw “an opportunity to flee” when a pair of headlights came in to view. He ran out of the car wearing only a t-shirt, she said.
The oncoming car was a taxi, and the driver picked up the nearly naked man and took him to his Berwyn home. Pillsbury said the taxi driver also let the man use his phone to photograph the license plate of the car where he had been attacked.
The women also allegedly took cash and credit cards from the man. The credit cards were then used at several locations soon after the attack, Pillsbury said.
Ross, who has also been convicted twice of misdemeanor solicitation of a prostitute, was ordered held Thursday on $75,000 bond by Cook County Judge Israel Desierto.
The second woman has not been identified.
-WTF – Woman Tries To Get Even With Her Boyfriend For Dumping Her….But This
A Washington DC woman named Helen Marie Newsome is being accused of trying to MURDER an 8 year old boy named Jacob Soliz-Amaya. According to the boys father, Andy Amiya who used to date Helen, “she was trying to hurt me the best way possible, and what better way to hurt a parent than to hurt their kid.”
Here’s what happened. Police say that Newsome, 26, hid in little Jacob’s closet for more than 12 hours – waiting for his father to leave for work.
Once she knew the boy was alone, police allege that the 26-year-old RAT then burst out of the closet and began attacking Jacob, who had been sleeping. Marie Newsome allegedly tried to smother the boy. Luckily young Jacob was a FIGHTER. And he managed to FIGHT OFF the monster, by head butting her in the face.
When Marie realized that she would NOT be able to MURDER the 8 year old with her bare hands, she allegedly turned to a weapon – a 5 pound dumbell. Police say the woman bashed Jacob in the head repeatedly with the dumbbell. But GOD was with the boy, and he managed to get away, and run to a neighbor’s house. Little Jacon was taken to the hospital where he received eight or nine staples in his head.
Newsome is being charged with attempted FIRST DEGREE MURDER.
-#WTF – Aldi Confirms Up To 100% Horse Meat In Their “Beef” Products
The environment secretary is due to meet the Food Standards Agency, food suppliers and retailers on Saturday to discuss the horsemeat scandal after Aldi became the latest supermarket to confirm its withdrawn beef products contained up to 100% horsemeat.
Owen Paterson said it was unacceptable that consumers were mis-sold products, but that the problems originated overseas.
“We believe that the two particular cases of the frozen burgers from Tesco and the lasagne from Findus are linked to suppliers in Ireland and France respectively. We and the Food Standards Agency are working closely with the authorities in these countries, as well as with Europol, to get to the root of the problem,” he said.
Paterson said he believed the food was safe but urged consumers to return products to the retailers. “The French authorities are saying they are viewing the issue as a case of fraud rather than food safety. Anyone who has these products in their freezer should return them to retailers as a precaution.”.
Findus denied reports that the company first knew there was horsemeat in its products last year.
“Findus want to be absolutely explicit that they were not aware of any issue of contamination with horsemeat last year,” it said in a statement. “They were only made aware of a possible August 2012 date through a letter dated 2 February 2013 from the supplier Comigel. By then Findus was already conducting a full supply chain traceability review and had pro-actively initiated DNA testing.”
The Metropolitan police said in a statement it was not carrying out a criminal investigation. “Although we have met with the FSA we have not started an investigation and will not do so unless it becomes clear there has been any criminality under the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan police service.”
Aldi said it felt “angry and let down” by its French supplier Comigel after tests on Today’s Special frozen beef lasagne and Today’s Special frozen spaghetti bolognese found they contained between 30% and 100% horsemeat.
Comigel, which also produced the contaminated Findus beef lasagnes, has blamed its suppliers. Erick Lehagre said he believed his company was buying French beef from a company called Spanghero but it had since told him it had come from Romania.
A spokesman for Aldi said random tests had shown that the products they had withdrawn contained between 30% and 100% horsemeat.
“This is completely unacceptable and like other affected companies, we feel angry and let down by our supplier. If the label says beef, our customers expect it to be beef. Suppliers are absolutely clear that they are required to meet our stringent specifications and that we do not tolerate any failure to do so,” he said.
The company added that it would test the meals for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone, often referred to as bute, but said it was confident the meals were safe.
Hospitals and education authorities were also checking the food they provide for traces of horsemeat. A spokeswoman for the Local Authority Caterers Association said: “We are as sure as we can be that this is not affecting the school catering area.”
She said there were strict guidelines around food safety and supplying dinners in schools, including transparency and traceability of ingredient provenance, and this was written into contracts.
Food businesses have been told to send test results on all their products to the FSA by Friday but Paterson is expected to tell MPs in a statement on Monday that some suppliers have been complaining to departmental officials that they have come under pressure from supermarket suppliers to cut corners.
As David Cameron indicated that he would have no qualms about eating the sort of processed meat dishes that have been at the heart of the recent scare, authorities insisted there was no evidence that frozen food in general was a risk to human health.
But the FSA advised consumers who had bought affected beef lines from Findus not to eat them. They had not been tested for the presence of phenylbutazone, which is banned in the human food chain. It can cause a serious blood disorder in rare cases.
The Guardian has also established that the FSA has been unable to trace all the horses slaughtered in the UK that tested positive for bute last year. The agency has routinely been testing less than 1% of slaughtered horses for the drug, but found four positives in a sample of 82 carcasses in 2012. It carried out a special additional survey on a further 63 horses last year and found 5% of those contained residues, bringing the total of positives to nine.
The Red Lion abattoir, owned by High Peak Meat Exports, has admitted that two of its slaughtered horses had tested positive for bute “historically” but said this was typical of the industry as a whole and that residue levels were so low as not to be a public health issue. The abattoir is currently under investigation by the FSA for alleged animal welfare abuses, and three of its slaughterers have had their licenses to kill horses rescinded. The company said it was the FSA’s responsibility to inspect horses at abattoirs and decide whether they were fit for the human food chain.
The FSA found six of the horses found to contain bute last year had been exported to France, two were still being traced, and one had been allegedly returned to two owners in the north of England for personal consumption. However the family of one of the owners, in Chorley, Lancashire, told officials they had never received the carcass nor expected to receive it.
Some companies have told the Guardian they began testing their own products soon after the first cases were reported in Ireland in mid-January. Full details of the testing requirements will be sent to the industry on Monday, although the agency says companies already have enough information to get on with the job and return results by next Friday.
The agency said evidence of the significant amounts of horse meat in burgers and lasagne pointed “to either gross negligence or deliberate contamination in the food chain”.
It said two particular cases of horse DNA in frozen burgers from Tesco and the lasagne from Findus were linked to suppliers in Ireland and France respectively. “We are working closely with the authorities in these countries to get to the root of the problem. Our priority remains to protect UK consumers.”
Tesco – which withdrew burger lines after one of its products made at an Irish plant had 29% equine DNA and withdrew lasagne made by Comigel – said it had already begun testing other beef lines at independent laboratories.
Cow and Gate, one of the UK’s major baby food companies, began testing its 14 lines containing beef in the second half of last month. The results were due soon, it said. The company, part of the French-based multinational Danone, has no production plants in Britain but has factories in France and Spain. It insists it can trace meat back to a specific cow. Heinz said it did not source from Comigel and would be responding to the request for testing.
“We only source beef for our baby food recipes as whole muscle meat. We are continuing to keep the issue under close review with our suppliers as more information becomes available about the incident and root cause.”
Baxters and Bird’s Eye were among other companies who said they had begun their own tests. Both said none of their products came from any suppliers so far implicated. The Food and Drink Federation, which represents the interests of the UK food industry, emphasized the “small number” of products where significant levels of horse meat had been detected so far and said it was “unlikely” the national testing program would reveal negligence or fraud by other suppliers.
Meanwhile Findus said it knew there was a potential problem with its lasagnes two days before the products were withdrawn. It was looking into claims by the Labour MP Tom Watson that meat used by Comigel may have been suspect since August last year.
Labour has claimed the loss of 700 trading standards officers in three years has made this type of consumer fraud more widespread.
It also points to FSA’s Meat Hygiene Service suffering cuts of £12m in the four years to 2014, with the result that the amount of food checked in laboratories has gone down by as much as 30%.
-#WTF – Obama Auctioning Off All Marijuana Seized In Drug Raids Since 2008
Washington DC — In a controversial move said to raise funds for a possible war in Syria, President Obama today announced plans to auction off all of the marijuana that has been seized in drug raids since he took office in 2008. The auctions are to be held in only states that have legalized the drug and only to users with a medical marijuana card. 22-year-old Leland Hollandale from San Diego said he’s excited to participate in these auctions. “This is so cool. I’ll be able to buy my weed cheap, all off the broken dreams of others who are now in prison. I’m so stoked!” Critics are quick to point out Obama’s stance on marijuana when he initially ran for President. “Back in 2008 when running for President, Obama said he would be lenient on marijuana laws, but since taking office he’s done just the complete opposite,” said 30-year-old Chris Roybal from New Mexico. “He’s conducted major raids in every state that has legalized marijuana. He’s seized billions of dollars worth of property and assets, ruined families, and put thousands of people in prison. All of this over a harmless plant that should be legal in the first place. He is by far the toughest President on marijuana in over 20 years.” Dean Huls had his marijuana dispensary raided back in February and is now looking at 18 years in prison. “These auctions are beyond ridiculous. He’s taking the marijuana that’s been seized on a Federal level from states that have legalized it, and then selling it back to them. Obama is by far the biggest drug kingpin in the world and instead of being locked up in prison, he’s the President of The United States.” Garret Roach, head of the DEA task force in California, said he’s excited about what Obama is doing. “We’ll be carefully watching and tracking everyone that’s buying marijuana from these auction houses. Obama already gave us the green light for raids in all 50 states at the beginning of his presidency. These auctions will give our organization so many new leads in the war on drugs. I can’t wait to make more seizures and put these potheads in prison where they belong.” Marijuana auction houses will be setting up in all major cities of states that have legalized the drug. Only people carrying a medical marijuana card will be allowed to participate. Users will be limited to two pounds of marijuana per month. The DEA has setup a 24 hour hotline to answer any questions you may have along with finding a marijuana auction house near you.
Marijuana Auction Hotline: (785) 273-0325
-WTF - Rapist Finds Out From Police His Victim Was HIV Positive
A man convicted of raping a woman collapsed after being informed that his victim was HIV positive.
Richard Thomas, 27, broke into the Greater Manchester, UK home of an acquaintance on July 20th to find the unidentified woman asleep in her bed.
The victim had taken a sleeping pill but awoke to find Thomas raping her from behind.
Thomas later claimed that he was under the influence of multiple drugs including cocaine and ecstasy, and did not recall the incident but believed the woman’s version of events.
He was sentenced to five years and four months and ordered to register as a sex offender.
Prior to sentencing, Thomas was informed by police that his victim had tested positive for HIV.
He collapsed from shock and asked to be rushed to a hospital for testing.
Thomas told authorities he was aware the woman was sick but did not know the nature of her illness.
His test results are due Friday.
Thomas received no sympathy from his own lawyer, Virginia Hayton, who said, “it is his own fault, if he had not committed this offense, he would not have placed himself in this position.”
-#WTF – 8 y/o Shoots and Kills 90 y/o Woman After Playing Violent Video Game
“The boy grabbed a gun and shot his 90-year-old grandmother in the head while she watched TV, after playing the video game. An eight-year-old boy intentionally gunned down his grandmother minutes after playing the violent video game Grand Theft Auto IV, US authorities said. The town of Slaughter, Louisiana, is in shock after the child was able to access the family’s gun and shoot the 90-year-old in the head while she was watching television. The woman, who was helping to look after the boy, was pronounced dead at the scene at the Country Breeze Mobile Home Park. “
-#WTF – Robbery Duo End Up Lookin Like Victims After Attempted Robbery
Regardless of How It Looks, These Are Not the Victims of a Crime — They Are the Perpetrators Who Learned a Very Painful Lesson Two suspected robbers left the scene of their own crime looking like the victims of a brutal attack after their would-be victims fought back. Johnny Calderon Jr., 19, and Gerald Allen, 18, attempted to rob two University of Virginia students at gunpoint, which turned out to be a huge, painful mistake, according to police in Charlottesville, Va. Police arrived on the scene to find the two students had beaten up and detained the suspects. Clearly, Calderon got the worst of the beating. His right eye was swollen shut and his face bloodied. However, Allen didn’t get off easy and arrived at the police station with a black eye and plenty of bruises. Calderon has been charged with two counts of attempted robbery, one count of pointing a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of a felony, WVIR-TV reports. Allen is facing two counts of attempted robbery. “Calderon is due in General District Court Friday morning for a hearing. Allen is due in court on October 3,” the report adds. Video from NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville Posted By Abdul
-#WTF – New Tool Helps Cops Nab ‘Heat List’ Top Trouble-makers
There’s new evidence that the Chicago Police Department’s new “heat list” may be a valuable tool against the violence that has Chicago at the Tipping Point.
The heat list is a point system which names 450 people police believe are most likely to kill or be killed based on criminal convictions, arrests and associations.
Sources tell FOX 32 News a felon who may have had the highest point total of all is now back behind bars, facing multiple new felony charges. His name is Durane Oden. He and members of his gang posted a video earlier this month that appears to show Oden violating the probation he was on for a prior felony.
At Ashland and Farwell, it was quiet after Friday night’s thunderstorms moved through, just the way Rogers Park Positive Loitering founder John Warner and his neighbors have worked for a dozen years to improve their corner of Rogers Park.
A very different image of the intersection was posted on the internet a few weeks ago.
“Peace Treaty? That ain’t us. We ain’t with that peaceful stuff,” a person in the video said.
“I think the first reaction was shock. Because seeing the guys supposedly jumping up and down with heavy duty weapons in the middle of the street…at our intersection. That just blew everybody away,” Warner said.
FOX 32 News has learned that, within days of the video surfacing on the internet, Chicago police went to the Rogers Park home of the 22-year-old Oden. They allegedly found the powerful firearm he had brandished in the video, as well as an estimated 36 grams of crack cocaine in a clear plastic bag. Oden’s now locked up in the Cook County Jail, awaiting trial on multiple felony charges and for violating probation on a previous felony conviction.
An alleged co-star in the video, 21-year-old Darviss Hurt, is now back at Stateville prison for violating his probation by holding a firearm in the video.
“I’d like to see them put away for the rest of their lives. They have no right being on these streets. These streets are not for them. And it goes for anybody who’s a gang banger or drug dealer,” Warner said.
Warner said the incident helped to spur about two dozen Rogers Park volunteers to turn out Thursday night for what they call “positive loitering” at another intersection plagued by even more trouble. He said it’s a multi-racial coalition determined that has helped cut the number of murders in the 24th Police District by 71% since the early 1990s.
-#WTF – Chief Keef May Loose His Mansion in Illinois
Chicago rapper Chief Keef is in danger of being evicted from the Illinois mansion he’s currently residing in. Keef (real name Keith Cozart) is being sued by his landlord, Georghe Simoniak-Sas, for failing to pay July and August’s rent. He says Keef owes $9,400.
According to TMZ, the six-bedroom, 5,100 square foot home is valued at over $1 million.
This is the latest in a lengthy list of legal troubles for Keef, who turned 18 Aug. 15. Last month, he was sued by a promotion company for failing to show up at a concert scheduled in London. Keef never responded to the lawsuit and had to fork over $213,019.
On March 20, he was arrested for disorderly conduct near Atlanta and released the next day.
Earlier this year, Keef was sentenced to 60 days in juvenile detention for violating his probation on a gun conviction.
-#WTF – Teen Guilty of Murdering Georgia Baby in Stroller
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — An 18-year-old man was convicted of murder in the shooting of a baby who was riding in a stroller alongside his mom in a town in coastal Georgia.
Jurors deliberated about two hours before finding De’Marquise Elkins guilty in the March 21 killing of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick. The man’s mother, Karimah Elkins, was on trial alongside him and was found guilty of tampering with evidence but acquitted of lying to police.
De’Marquise Elkins’ attorney asked for bond for his client while they appealed, which a judge denied.
Prosecutors said Elkins killed Antonio in an attempted robbery. The baby’s mother, Sherry West, also was shot.
Another teen, 15-year-old Dominique Lang, is also charged with murder in the case and is set to be tried later.
Sherry West testified during the two-week trial that she was walking home from the post office with 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in a stroller on the morning of March 21. She said a gunman demanding her purse shot her baby in the face after she told him she had no money.
Prosecutors said 18-year-old De’Marquise Elkins and an accomplice, 15-year-old Dominique Lang, are the ones who stopped West. Prosecutors say the older teen pointed a small .22-caliber revolver at West and demanded money. When West refused several times to turn over the money, Elkins fired a warning shot and then shot West in the leg and shot the baby between the eyes, prosecutors said.
The killing in the port city of Brunswick drew national attention, and the trial was moved to the Atlanta suburb of Marietta because of the extensive publicity locally.
Prosecutors have said information from Elkins’ mother and sister led investigators to a pond where they found the revolver. Karimah Elkins was standing trial alongside her son on charges of evidence tampering and lying to police. Elkins’ sister also was charged with evidence tampering.
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-#WTF – 3 Men Arrested On Gun Charges At Rap Video Shoot
August 29, 2013 (CHICAGO) — Three men were charged after guns were found during the filming of a rap video Tuesday in the South Side Englewood neighborhood.
Officers responded to a report of criminal trespass in the 7400 block of South Eggleston Avenue at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday and found several males in the rear filming a rap video, police said.
Three men were charged after three weapons were found, police said.
Ronnie Ramsey, 22, of the 2600 block of West 93rd Avenue in Crown Point, Ind., was charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and criminal trespass to land, police said.
Sheldon Cobb, 24, of the 500 block of Exchange Avenue in Calumet City and Rayvon Lollis, 19, of the 2700 block of East Goodrich, in Burnham were each charged with one count of aggravated unlawful of use of a weapon and criminal trespass to land, police said.
All three men are expected Thursday in bond court.
(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire – Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2013.)
-#WTF – Woman Calls 911 Because Her Weed Dealer’s Prices Are Too High
A 54-year-old St. Louis woman was arrested for calling the police about her weed dealer. No, she wasn’t calling to turn him in for, you know, being a weed dealer. She was calling to bust him for charging too much for his product!
Arlene Starks realized that her supplier was overcharged for marijuana, became angry and called the 911 emergency operator to report the “crime.”
Police were happy to investigate and once they got all the information about this alleged overcharger for her, they took Starks to jail.
Lucky for her, Starks was only charged with a misdemeanor count of ”misusing 911″ and she was released several days later.