Oct 03 2014
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. – Kerry Messer, a well-known Missouri lobbyist for the pro-life movement, is asking hunters to help search for his missing wife.
His wife, Lynn, of nearly 35 years was reported missing on July 8. Messer said he woke up that morning to find her gone from their farm in Ste. Genevieve County.
The Southeast Missourian reports massive searches have turned up no clues to her whereabouts. The Missouri Highway Patrol said in July that his wife walked away from their property.
Messer says he's asking hunters who are heading into the woods for deer season to keep an eye out for his wife or any objects that might belong to her.
Detective Austin Clark of the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff's Department says it's still investigating the disappearance.
Detailed by police officers along the New Jersey shore, 32-year-old waiter Russell J. Percenti was arrested last week for allegedly firing a shotgun at an aerial remote control “helicopter” drone flying in the vicinity of his home. According to the owner of the helicopter drone, it was being used to capture photographs of a nearby home that was currently under construction. While he was flying the drone over the unfinished home to take the photos, he heard several gunshots in the vicinity and immediately lost control of the drone.
When the owner recovered the broken drone, he discovered multiple holes that were likely the result of at least one shotgun blast. After calling the Lower Township Police Department, the drone owner directed patrolman Michael Nuscis toward the origin of the shots. Police officers went to the home of Percenti, questioned him about the shooting and discovered the shotgun that was used in the drone attack. Upon discovery of the shotgun, Percenti was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and criminal mischief. In addition, the shotgun was seized as evidence related to the crime.
Bail was set in the amount of $2,500 by a local judge and Percenti quickly posted the 10 percent required minimum to be released from jail. In addition the criminal charges, the owner may choose to pursue financial compensation for the destroyed drone.
Depending on the type of drone as well as the quality of the digital camera mounted to the drone, Percenti could be responsible for hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in damages.
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Oct 03 2014
SAN PEDRO TOWN, Brazil, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A Brazilian woman found with an enormous kitchen knife lodged in her forehead survived her injury was able to identify a suspect.
Police said Alcileide Rodrigues dos Santos, 22, was found on a bench with the large knife protruding from her right eyebrow in San Pedro Town about 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Officers brought the woman to PM Central Police Station, where she was met by an ambulance and taken to Hospital Estadual Mario Covas.
Police said dos Santos was conscious and was able to identify her ex-boyfriend, Jose Roberto Martins dos Anjos, 19, as her alleged attacker.
Oct 03 2014
A Texas man suspected of stealing a casket to play a prank on his sister by making her think he had dug up their dead father was arrested after she called police, police said on Tuesday.
Once Dallas police received the call from the sister who was concerned about what her brother had brought home, they linked the incident to a report of an assailant stealing an empty casket out of a hearse parked in the lot of Hughes Crown Hill Funeral Home, they said.
The man was arrested for public intoxication and will likely by charged with theft for the stolen casket, police said, adding the suspect did not disturb the grave of his father.
Oct 03 2014
North Korea leader Kim Jong-un is so fat from eating cheese that he has broken his ankles.
The tubby tyrant is recovering from surgery after weight gain caused him to fracture his joints.
Metro reports that daily binges on Emmental are believed to be responsible for the his rapid weight gain.
An unnamed source told South Korea's largest newspaper Chosun Ilbo: "I heard that Kim Jong-un injured his right ankle in June after pushing ahead with on-site visits and ended up fracturing both ankles because he left the injury unattended."
The source added that the 31-year-old dictator had undergone an operation at the Bonghwa Clinic, an exclusive hospital for high-ranking party members.
Oct 03 2014
A stunt double who has worked on films such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has died after attempting a parkour jump at a hostel in Lisbon.
Carlos Lopez IV is reported to have been trying to jump from his fourth floor window to a balcony at the Goodnight Hostel in the Portuguese capital.
The martial arts expert, from North Carolina in the US, died from injuries sustained after falling to the ground.
He is thought to have been staying at the hostel with his girlfriend.
A neighbour told Portuguese local media she had "never seen so much blood".
"I woke up with the noise, went to the window and saw the young man lying on the ground, on an interior patio we share with the hostel where it happened," said 77-year-old Natercia Gama.
Lopez, 25, has worked on a number of Hollywood films including this summer's blockbusters Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and 22 Jump Street.
Tributes have been paid to the stunt performer on Facebook.
His friend Gabe Hansen wrote: "Three months ago I met a kid in Jersey City, he took me in, gave me a place to stay, he became my training partner, my teammate, my roommate, my little brother, he was selfless, humble to a fault, his heart was pure gold.
"Thank you Carlos for sharing the love with me. It's still hard to believe you would leave, but it was your time, it's not the end...See you soon brother."
Tony Vo wrote: "I still can't believe this ... I won't ever forget the times we trained together, you will always be here with us Carlos."
According to his IMDB page, Lopez was working on a new film called The Nest which stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and is due for release next year.
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The family of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan were legally quarantined Thursday after they did not comply with Dallas health officials requests that they stay home.
Doctors are taking the temperatures of four family members in the unit where Duncan was staying twice a day to monitor symptoms as part of the health surveillance efforts being led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local Dallas government.
“If people leave, even though they’re asymptomatic, if they’re not at home when we go out to do our surveillance test on them, then that defeats the purpose of that surveillance test and that endangers them … if they were to be infected, they need to know that as quickly as possible,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “So it’s for their benefit and everyone else’s.”
Texas health officials said during a press conference Thursday that the family would be quarantined in their apartment unit for the next 20 days until the potential incubation period for Ebola is over.
Meanwhile, health officials in Dallas acknowledged that Duncan’s clothing and bedding were still in plastic bags and had not been removed, The Dallas Morning News reports. Officials were seemingly unsure how to delegate the removal of contaminated items from the apartment.
Asked why Duncan's items and clothing were still at the location, the county's Health and Human Services director responded that it wasn't his agency's responsibility.
The items will soon be "appropriately disposed of," a county judge said.
Health officials widened their search Thursday to 100 individuals possibly exposed to the disease — tracing contacts of the patient and medical staff who initially treated him. Also on Thursday, officials said three more young children potentially had contact with Duncan, bringing the number of kids being monitored to eight.
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Sep 26 2014
JINHUA, China, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A Chinese county is offering high school entrance exam bonus points to students whose parents donate more than a gallon of blood.
The Pujiang county government issued a directive this year stating the children of blood donors who reach the 1 gallon mark will receive a bonus point on their high school entrance exams, and the total goes up to two points for those whose parents donate 1.5 gallons and three points for children of 2-gallon donors.
The Qianjiang Evening News said it would take about five years for an adult who donates blood twice a year to reach the 1 gallon mark.
The county government is also offering blood donors incentives including reimbursement for medical bills, free rides on public transportation and cash payouts.
The policy was publicized when a 28-year-old man on social media site Weibo celebrated reaching the 1 gallon mark.
"Because of this policy, I [donated so much blood that I] have put my life at risk! want to tell my future son: No worries with the high school entrance exams, Dad has already got you bonus marks!" the man posted.
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. – A 90-year-old central New York woman has been officially sworn in as a U.S. citizen -- 86 years after she emigrated from Europe.
The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports Anne Zajac of Liverpool was nearly four years old when she arrived in the U.S. from Poland. A clerical error on her parents' citizenship application meant that she wasn't a documented American citizen.
Zajac didn't find that out until last November, when she tried to file paperwork to receive her deceased husband's social security benefits.
When no record of her citizenship was found, her son turned to a local congressman for help. His office helped locate her parents' 1935 application and the error was corrected.
On Thursday afternoon, a government official gave the oath of citizenship to Zajac in her home outside Syracuse as her family looked on.
Sep 22 2014
SHANGHAI, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A Shanghai man is offering to rent out his girlfriend to raise funds to buy an iPhone 6 -- but no "funny business" will be allowed.
The man, whose sign near Songjiang University's campus went viral on social media website Weibo, wrote he is "sharing" his girlfriend, Xiao Ai, for "pocket money" amounting to about $1.64 per hour, $8.19 for the day or $82 for the month.
The sign specifies that "no funny business" would take place between his girlfriend and interested parties, specifying that the "sharing" will be limited to studying, eating, playing games and going on "three person dates" with his girlfriend while he acts as chaperone.
"If you are interested, connect to personal hotspot 'wifi sharing master' to check her out," he said, referring to photos of his girlfriend, who he noted was a willing participant.
The man is reportedly trying to raise money to buy an iPhone 6, which came out in multiple locations around the world Friday, but may not be released in China until next year.