Posts Tagged ‘New Jersey’
Does she look like she’s been practicing on herself?
A 35-year-old woman pleaded not guilt…in a Newark court to second-degree reckless manslaughter, more than a year after the East Orange man whom she had allegedly performed a penis enlargement procedure on died of a silicone embolism.
Authorities say Kasia Rivera, also of East Orange, had no medical training when she allegedly injected silicone into 22-year-old Justin Street at her Glenwood Avenue home on May 5, 2011. It shot directly into Street’s bloodstream, shutting down his organs, authorities said. The father of two young sons was dead the next day…
Rivera was charged in December, after the medical examiner ruled Street’s death a homicide, Essex County Assistant Prosecutor William Neafsey said. A grand jury returned an indictment last month and she faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the crime.
Rivera, who is free on bail, appeared this morning in a pattern red jacket and black dress. From her pronounced features, Rivera appears to have either performed cosmetic injections on herself or received them from someone. She stood silently for the brief arraignment in Superior Court in Newark, and later refused a reporter’s request for comment…
“The state is not alleging at all that she purposely caused his death, but that her behavior, her acting with no training, no preparation led to his death.” Neafsey said after the hearing, referring to the charges against Rivera. “Performing this type of procedure, basically a surgical procedure on him without any proper training or certificates, that’s why it’s reckless.”
Reckless? Feckless. Eeoough!
A woman shopping at a New Jersey mall said Saturday that she was shocked when a security guard told her to take off her niqab, the traditional face veil worn by some Muslim women.
Wakeelah Salaam, born in the U.S. and raised Muslim, told WABC Ch. 7 Eyewitness News she felt threatened after the same guard at Bridgewater Commons mall approached her twice.
“He said, Maam, I’m telling you, you cannot wear that mask in here,” Salaam told ABC. Salaam said she felt so uncomfortable she eventually called the police. After speaking to police, she left the mall…
Salaam regularly wears a face covering, a hijab, or headscarf, and a long dress in public, leaving only her eyes exposed…Some women choose to wear the scarf so men don’t judge them by their appearance…
She said she’s worn the niqab to court and to visit a relative in prison without complaint, so was surprised by the security guards actions.
Later, an executive from the company that runs security at the mall called Salaam to apologize.
Our security guard has received additional training in cultural diversity, said the spokesperson. “We respect her right to dress according to her religious beliefs.”
Salaam told ABC she appreciated the apology, but would probably choose a different mall to shop at in the future.
What is there to say? You can come with snappy little jokes about mall cops and nuns, Hassidic Jews, whatever. The company providing security guards did a lousy job at hiring or training or both. This is, after all, supposed to be the United States of America in the 21st Century.
City employees are flush with relief today after officials with Mayor Tony Mack’s administration said they’d moved forward with an emergency purchase of toilet paper and paper towels as supplies dwindle in city buildings.
Meanwhile, Mack’s office announced last night it had accepted donations from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to provide a six-month supply of toilet paper…The move ends a stalemate between council and Mayor Tony Mack’s administration that has lasted since September when council first rejected the $46,000 contract over concerns about a $4,000 price tag for hot drink cups.
Stocks of toilet paper have been dwindling for weeks and are nearly depleted at City Hall and police headquarters. The emergency contract with the Pennsauken-based Amsan authorizes the city to purchase $16,000 worth of toilet paper, paper towels, and toilet-seat covers…
In a letter to Mack earlier this week, PETA offered to step in with a six-month supply of toilet paper for city buildings. The catch: it’s printed to say, “Slaughterhouses are so filthy that more than half of all meat is contaminated with fecal bacteria. Wipe cruelty from your diet. Go vegan. PETA.”
“If Trenton’s City Council cannot reach an agreement today, I have a cheeky solution that will help offset your financial troubles and call attention to public health and cruelty to animals at the same time,” PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman wrote. “This unique bathroom reading material would help city employees consider a vegan diet, and prevent their health from going down the toilet.”
Meanwhile, Dyson is donating 15 of its Airblade hand-dryers, machines that produce 400-mile-per-hour sheets of wind that push water off hands instead of drying them with the use of a heating element.
“Using paper to dry hands can be costly and creates waste,” said James Dyson, inventor of the machines. “With Airblade, our engineers have developed a way to dry hands hygienically and efficiently.”
The company claims the machines can dry 22 pairs of hands for the cost of a single paper towel and could generate $220,000 in savings over five years.
Sounds like the City Council would probably refuse to pay the electric bill for the hand dryers, as well.
Dontcha love beancounters?
Maryland governor Martin O’Malley after supporting same-sex marriage
Daylife/AP Photo used by permission
The Maryland Senate voted Thursday evening to legalize same-sex marriage, the latest sign of growing national recognition of such unions among gay and lesbian couples.
Gov. Martin O’Malley has pledged to sign the bill into law. “All children deserve the opportunity to live in a loving, caring, committed, and stable home, protected equally under the law,” O’Malley said in a statement after the vote.
New Jersey lawmakers approved same-sex marriage this month, but Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the legislation. He has said voters should decide the issue in a statewide referendum…
Proving once again what cowards Republican politicians may be.
…Lawsuits seeking to expand civil unions or turn back laws banning same-sex marriages are working through the courts in at least 12 states, including Hawaii, Minnesota and California, the organization said.
The flurry of activity is a stark change from two decades ago, when the issue of same-sex marriage first gained national attention. Just a decade ago, no states allowed such unions…
In November, the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press reported a more divided public — 46% in favor of same-sex marriages and 44% opposed. But Pew also said the uptick in support seems to be gaining steam, having jumped 9 percentage points in two years.
The shifting attitudes have emboldened proponents of same-sex marriage.
“There’s no question that with so many Americans having changed their minds and opened their hearts as they’ve heard the stories of real couples and thought about why marriage matters, we now have tremendous momentum towards ending marriage discrimination,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, which favors recognizing a right to marriage for gay couples.
“We could see a nationwide victory as soon as one to two years. It could also take as much as 10 years.”
The homophobic Right will dedicate their money to referenda in parallel with the history of racists losing control of legal segregation in the United States during the rise of civil rights movements, civil rights legislation respecting the Constitution. Part of their dedication to green power rather than a constitutional dedication to civilization will be the bucks they will continue to spend on trying to save DOMA, the so-called Defense Of Marriage Act which took another just hit, today.
Despite year-old court order, kids in tainted daycare still not being regularly tested for mercury poisoning
Catherine Cuffy and son Garrett at the Franklin Township site after demolition
Despite a judge’s order more than a year ago, the children who inhaled toxic mercury vapors in the infamous former Kiddie Kollege day care still have not been monitored for potential medical problems.
The story attracted national attention in July 2006, after New Jersey inspectors discovered babies and children playing inside a heavily contaminated Gloucester County building that had once been a thermometer factory.
Kiddie Kollege has become a frequently cited cautionary tale as laws have been adopted to keep other children from being subjected to toxins. But the 100 who were exposed over two years at the Franklin Township day care and nursery school have been nearly forgotten in a bitter court fight that is again gathering steam…
“I keep wondering how our kids got lost in the system,” said Catherine Cuffy, whose son, Garrett, attended Kiddie Kollege from age 18 months to 3.
“Other than demolish the building, they haven’t done anything for the children,” Cuffy said. “There was no follow-up to find out ‘did the mercury affect them, and how?”
When the state Department of Health tested the children’s urine in the weeks after the day care was closed, Garrett’s had an elevated level of the toxin. Subsequent tests showed the levels had dropped…
Years of litigation led to a stormy three-month trial and a Jan. 11, 2011, verdict by New Jersey Superior Court Judge James Rafferty. All of the defendants were negligent, he said, because they knew of the contamination before the day care obtained approvals to open.
Rafferty, who delayed his retirement to finish the case, ordered the defendants to contribute to a $1.5 million fund for neuropsychological tests until the children reached age 24. Relying upon expert medical testimony, the judge said there was a need for early detection and treatment if health problems emerged.
Some of the necessary funds are already in escrow. RTFA and you need a scorecard to figure out which combination of lawyers, politicians, property-owners sucks the most. No one seems to give a damn about kids.
It’s been a year since the testing was ordered to start and none of that seems to be as important as shuffling the stacks of money required to guarantee the tests – with lawyers taking a cut at every hearing.
A police officer is suing a New Jersey delicatessen and its cook, who admitted stuffing body hair into the officer’s bagel sandwich in revenge for a traffic arrest.
The lawsuit filed by Patrolman Jeremy Merck of the Evesham, New Jersey, Police Department seeks unspecified damages from Good Foods to Go in Marlton, New Jersey, and its cook, Ryan Burke…
Merck ordered an egg, cheese and turkey bagel and after eating part of it, he found it “was adulterated with pubic, chest or other human hair,” the lawsuit said.
Merck sought medical help and was checked for communicable diseases at a hospital, his attorney, Bruce Zamost, said on Friday. None was detected.
Burke, who served Merck the sandwich, was later charged with aggravated assault, retaliation against a public servant and food tampering. He ultimately served 15 days in jail.
According to a police report from the criminal case, “Burke admitted to tearing out hairs from his chest and his pubic area and placing them on Ptl. Merck’s sandwich out of anger due to the fines and lawyers fees he had from the prior arrest in 2009…”
A woman who answered the phone at the headquarters of the restaurant chain declined to comment on reports Burke was fired after the sandwich incident. The restaurant’s lawyer, Mark Sander, could not be reached for comment…
I’m never surprised over what people will do for retaliation – nor am I ever surprised by how often these dodos are caught after choosing to do something truly stupid.
Three inmates and their loved ones were charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into a New Jersey jail on the pages of a children’s coloring book…
The drug, Subozone, normally used to treat heroin addiction but itself classified as a controlled dangerous substance, was dissolved into a paste and then painted into the coloring book, said Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer. Pages with “To Daddy” scribbled on top were sent to the prisoners at the jail in Cape May, New Jersey.
Charged in the case were prisoners Zachary Hirsch, Charles Markham and Paul Scipione. Also charged were Markham’s mother, Debbie Longo, of West Wildwood, New Jersey, and Katelyn Mosbach, of Trevose, Pennsylvania, who was still being sought.
The New Jersey drug bust was the second one this month involving Suboxone smuggling behind bars.
Authorities at a prison in Carbon County, Pennsylvania earlier this month arrested 11 people in what they said was a scheme to hide the drug beneath postage stamps on letters mailed to inmates from family members.
Hey, with nothing but time on their hands would you expect a slammer full of junkies to be inventive about anything other than getting drugs inside?
Police say a Camden, New Jersey, man had the audacity to return to the jail where he posted a $400 bond with counterfeit bills, demanding a refund.
Ronald T. White was charged with shoplifting July 7, but his bail was incorrectly written up. When he found out, authorities say, he returned to the Cinnaminson, New Jersey, jail the following week to demand his money back…
According to Cinnaminson Police Chief Steven Fowler, the department issued a warrant for White’s arrest after his counterfeit bail posting of $400, but because he was a Camden resident, it was out of jurisdiction.
“Even though it was a $5,000 warrant for his arrest, they have bigger issues over in Camden, being the murder capital of the world,” Fowler said…
White had posted bail using at least two bills bearing identical serial numbers, police say, and the serial numbers also matched those on one of the bills found on him when he returned to the Cinnaminson jail to reclaim his extra $200…
On Thursday, at White’s first appearance in Superior Court, his bail was set at $7,500, because of outstanding charges from Camden County added on to the Burlington County charges…
In the meantime, until he can post bail with legitimate bills, he will be held at Burlington County Jail.
Not the world’s greatest counterfeiting job – walking around with identical serial numbers. And, yes, the coppers on duty weren’t too sharp about catching the funny money in time.
But, Ronald – wandering back to the pokey to get your refund ain’t the brightest thing you ever did.