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Archive for April, 2015

22 Rikers Island Prisoners Sickened By Rat Poison in Meatloaf, Lawyer Says

Courtesy of: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/22-rikers-island-prisoners-sickened-rat-poison-meatloaf/story?id=30676137

rikers islandTwenty-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.

French customs officers carry out record cocaine seizure in Caribbean

Courtesy of: http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/18/americas/france-martinique-drug-bust/

thFrench customs officers say they have seized more than 2 tons of cocaine aboard a sailboat that was falsely flying an American flag in the Caribbean.

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.

Smuggling in undies prompts change at Franklin County jail

Courtesy of: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/04/15/jail-moves-to-halt-smuggling-in-undies.html

tighty-whities-art-g5t119rk2-1tighty-whities-eq-01-jpgInmates soon can buy their tighty whities at the Franklin County jail commissary. Actually, that will be the only place they can get them.

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.

Gov. Nathan Deal to sign medical marijuana bill

Courtesy of: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/gov-nathan-deal-sign-medical-marijuana-bill/nkwRC/

Medical-Cannabis1ATLANTA —

With a stroke of a pen, Governor Nathan Deal will make medical marijuana legal in Georgia.

Deal is set to sign the bill into law at 11 a.m. that will make the use of cannabis oil legal for eight medical conditions. State health officials say doctors will have to sign off and submit required forms.

The two year battle among lawmakers, medical marijuana supporters and health officials ended with the passage of Haleigh’s Hope Act.

Approved Georgia patients will be allowed to possess 20 ounces of the low THC oil at any given time.  THC is the chemical in marijuana that causes a high.

The Department of Public Health will be working with law enforcement to make sure the system is secure and that officers know what to look for when they come across a patient possessing the oil.

They say they have no idea how many patients to expect, but as many as 500,000 could qualify.

Drunk man finds shelter in Dandenong Magistrates’ Court

Courtesy of: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/outer-east/drunk-man-finds-shelter-in-dandenong-magistrates-court/story-fnrwkhlp-1227294436010

australian mag ctA drunk man looking for a warm spot to take a nap on Thursday decided his best bet was the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court.

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.

Court: NYC woman can serve husband with divorce papers via Facebook message

Courtesy of:http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/04/06/court-nyc-woman-can-serve-husband-with-divorce-papers-via-facebook-message/

A judge has given a New York City woman permission to file for divorce from her elusive husband via a Facebook message.

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.

Ohio Woman Stabbed Boyfriend Because He Ate All the Salsa, Police Say

Courtesy of: http://www.people.com/article/woman-stabs-boyfriend-salsa-police-report?xid=socialflow_facebook_peoplemag

phyllis-jefferson-01-435Police in Akron, Ohio, say that a woman repeatedly stabbed her boyfriend following a salsa-related dispute.

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.”