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Twenty-two Rikers Island inmates in New York City say they ate meatloaf tainted with rat poison, according to their lawyer, who has filed suit against the city, the Department of Corrections and several others.
Several inmates at the Ann M. Kross Center, a housing facility on Rikers Island, were on lockdown on March 3 when they were served meatloaf that they said had a blue-green substance in it, according to the complaint filed by attorney Joann Squillace told ABC News on the inmates’ behalf.
Soon, they said they began to feel sick, having headaches like nausea, headaches, bloodydiarrhea and bloody vomit, but they did not get the medical attention they needed, and their requests to have their blood and urine tested for poison went unanswered, according to the complaint.
“Whether it was intentional or negligence, either way, no there’s no justification for it and the Department of Corrections has to be held accountable,” Squillace told ABC News.
She said one of her clients continues to throw up blood even though this happened nearly two months ago.
She said a department employee oversees the kitchen and is aided by two elected inmates from the housing facility who were not allowed to do their kitchen duties the day of the alleged poisoning.
One of the inmate saved a piece of the meatloaf, which Squillace said she sent off to a New Jersey lab called EMSL Analytical Inc. for testing. It came back positive for brodifacoum, or rat poison, according to the report she provided to ABC News.
Nicholas Paolucci, a spokesman for the New York City Law Department, said Squillace hasn’t submitted her lab results to the city.
“The bottom line here is we don’t know all the facts, and we can’t jump to conclusions,” he said. “It’s an ongoing investigation and we’ll know more as we proceed in the case.”
In a response memorandum, the city said the inmates would “not suffer irreparable harm” because the medical staff treated them when the alleged poisoning occurred and determined they did not show “signs of adverse medical effects of a toxic ingestion.”
They went on to say there were no further incidents, and that in the days following the alleged incident, the kitchen was inspected and no rat poison was found in unsecured areas.
Courtesy of: http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/18/americas/france-martinique-drug-bust/
The drugs, whose value is estimated at more than $105 million, are the biggest cocaine seizure ever carried out by French authorities, said Michael Lachaux, director of customs operations in Martinique.
Officers arrested one Venezuelan and two Spanish citizens who were on board the vessel off the coast of Martinique on Wednesday, Lachaux said in an interview with the radio station France Info on Saturday.
Martinique is an overseas department of France.
In November, French customs officials seized nearly 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of cocaine on a vessel that was also off the coast of Martinique, according to authorities.
Courtesy of: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/04/15/jail-moves-to-halt-smuggling-in-undies.html
Either that, or go commando.
Jail officials are tired of finding contraband in the bundles of underwear and socks that relatives, friends and co-conspirators deliver to the inmates.
The county commissioners approved a $94,525, one-year contract with the Acme Supply Co. of Glen Cove, N.Y., yesterday to provide 34,000 T-shirts, 1,500 bras (wireless only), 700 sports bras, 20,000 total men’s boxers and briefs, 6,000 women’s briefs and 46,500 pairs of socks (crew and quarter length).
“All white, one color,” said Dave Masterson, director of administrative services. They won’t say: “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday” or “Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.”
Inmates can have family and friends put cash in their commissary accounts to buy the undergarments like they do now for snacks.
Jail workers regularly find contraband in the undergarments that people deliver for inmates, Chief Deputy Geoff Stobart said. “They get quite creative.”
People will carefully open a three-pack of T-shirts and rip open the seams to insert contraband such as marijuana or, the latest trend, orally dissolving strips of Suboxone, a drug used to treat heroin addicts, he said. Then they will sew the seam back and heat-seal the package.
Acme will charge the county 89 cents for a pair of men’s briefs (95 cents for boxers) and $2 for a sports bra, the highest-priced item. The county will decide how much to charge inmates, but it will sell them at a profit, Masterson said.
“We’re the only game in town for these guys, so we’re not going to gouge them,” he said.
The jail launders the inmates’ “whites,” Stobart noted, and each gets his or her own clothing back. That’s not the case at all jails, he said.
It was undecided whether the county would add underwear to the packet of hygiene items given to indigent inmates, he said.
If not, they’ll have to go without.
Underwear for inmates “is not a minimum jail standard in Ohio,” Masterson said.
Courtesy of: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/outer-east/drunk-man-finds-shelter-in-dandenong-magistrates-court/story-fnrwkhlp-1227294436010
Dandenong CIU detective Senior Constable Tony Lavars said a man allegedly smashed a window and crept into the courthouse about 3am on April 2, setting the alarms off in the process.
Police arrived shortly afterwards and found the man asleep in one of the meeting rooms.
A 43-year-old Dandenong man was arrested for being drunk.
“We don’t believe his intent was to burgle the premises,” Sen-Constable Lavars said.
“I believe he was heavily alcohol-affected and possibly seeking shelter.”
Sen-Constable Lavars said no charges had been laid but the man had been interviewed in relation to the damage to the premises.
The woman’s lawyer says the ruling was made by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper.
The Daily News says Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku will be served with the divorce summons via a private Facebook message. It will be repeated once a week for three consecutive weeks or until “acknowledged” by Ellanora Baidoo’s hard-to-find husband.
Attorney Andrew Spinnell says the couple married in 2009 in a civil ceremony. He says the relationship began to unravel when the defendant reneged on his promise to a traditional Ghanaian wedding ceremony as well.
The ruling says Blood-Dzraku has only been in touch with his wife via phone and Facebook.
Courtesy of: http://www.people.com/article/woman-stabs-boyfriend-salsa-police-report?xid=socialflow_facebook_peoplemag
According to a police report, officers arrived at the scene of the incident and found the victim, a 61-year-old man, clutching his stomach. He said his girlfriend, Phyllis D. Jefferson, 50, of Canton, Ohio, had become angry because he ate all the salsa and then she apparently stabbed him repeatedly with a pen.
Jefferson then allegedly fled but was pulled over by police on Interstate 77, west of Akron. The report states that Jefferson stabbed her boyfriend “because she wanted to leave.” She has been charged with felonious assault and criminal damaging.
Cleveland’s WJW News described the victim’s injuries as “non life-threatening.”
Courtesy of: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/03/25/Man-gets-9172-for-jail-time-from-cocaine-soap-confusion/1161427132524/?spt=sec&or=on
Jacques Benoit Fiocconi, a cosmetics entrepreneur from Corsica, was arrested in Catalonia, Spain, in November 2012 while driving a van loaded with soap. He was with his father, Laurent Fiocconi, a former drug trafficker with ties to infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.
The 2,850 bars of soap had been purchased from a factory in Figueres, Spain, but a field test performed by a Spanish Civil Guard patrol tested positive for cocaine.
A December 14 report by the Spanish National Institute of Toxicology determined there was no cocaine in the soap shipment, but it was seven more weeks before a court accepted the report and freed Jacques Benoit Fiocconi.
Laurent Fiocconi remained in custody as part of a probe into alleged drug trafficking linked to French and Spanish criminal gangs.
Jacques Fiocconi sought $90,643.00 from the Ministry of Justice to cover financial losses and moral damages from his two months in jail, but the ministry ended up paying him only $9,172. The ministry said it paid a “standard rate” of $131 per day he spent behind bars
WEST SUNBURY, Pa. – State police in Pennsylvania say a trespassing suspect used his own credit card to jimmy open a garage door, then left it behind when the homeowner suddenly appeared and startled him.
The important clue helped police arrest 41-year-old Brent Henry, of East Butler, on Saturday in Clay Township.
Police tell the Butler Eagle (http://bit.ly/19PtgTC) that Henry used the card to pick the lock at a friend’s mobile home.
Police say the homeowner heard a noise and caught Henry, who ran away but left the credit card behind.
Police say Henry told them he planned to take some gasoline for another friend’s car.
Online court records don’t list a defense attorney to comment on the charges.
Henry faces a preliminary hearing on criminal trespass and other charges April 7
Courtesy of: http://www.wxii12.com/national/utah-to-allow-firing-squads-for-executions/31973982
Lethal injection remains the primary method for carrying out executions in the state, Gov. Gary R. Herbert said in a statement. A firing squad would only be used in the event the necessary drugs cannot be obtained.
“Those who voiced opposition to this bill are primarily arguing against capital punishment in general and that decision has already been made in our state,” said Marty Carpenter, a spokesman for Herbert.
“We regret anyone ever commits the heinous crime of aggravated murder to merit the death penalty and we prefer to use our primary method of lethal injection when such a sentence is issued. However, when a jury makes the decision and a judge signs a death warrant, enforcing that lawful decision is the obligation of the executive branch,” he said.
Utah banned death by firing squad in 2004, though inmates who chose that option before the law changed still ended up being shot to death.
The last execution by firing squad was in 2010, and it was also the most recent execution in Utah.
A Utah firing squad also executed Gary Gilmore in 1977, the first death by capital punishment after the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty the prior year.