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Bad medicine led Pa. family to strip naked

Bad medicine led Pa. family to strip naked

The attorney for a woman who stripped naked with three of her children outside a suburban Philadelphia high school says an adverse medical reaction triggered the psychotic episode.

According to the Delaware County Daily Times (http://bit.ly/QHyfsc ), Sara Butler’s lawyer says contradictory medications for lupus led the 44-year-old mother to think the world was ending.

Butler drove to Upper Darby High School in March with two adult children and a teenage son. She wanted to pick up another child, but the student wasn’t released because Butler was not the custodial parent.

Police say family members then shed their clothes in the parking lot and chanted religious phrases.

Butler and her adult daughters pleaded guilty Monday to indecent exposure and related charges. All were placed on probation.
Information from: Delaware County Daily Times, http://www.delcotimes.com

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Bath salts: Woman wanted to ‘kill someone and eat them’

Bath salts: Woman wanted to ‘kill someone and eat them’

Utica, NY, police were called to a bar Saturday night where a woman high on bath salts lunged at one officer and tried to bite his face.

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Utica, NY, police were called to a bar Saturday night where a woman high on bath salts lunged at one officer and tried to bite his face.

Police were called to Stanley’s Bar on Court Street in Utica because of an “emotionally disturbed person,” reported the Village Voice. When they arrived at the bar, they found a 41-year-old woman sitting in a stairwell sweating profusely and with a “blank stare” on her face.

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When one of the officers approached her, she lunged at him and tried to bite his face, according to the Associated Press. Police said she then screamed that she wanted to “kill someone and eat them” as they tried to restrain her.

The woman was taken to Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare by ambulance for a mental health evaluation and medical treatment, reported the Utica Observer-Dispatch. The hospital later determined the woman was under the influence of the synthetic drug known as bath salts.

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Later that same night, Utica police were called to the home of 20-year-old Aubrey Vails, whose mother said he was acting strangely and had become very aggressive toward her and her husband, according to the Observer-Dispatch. Vails’s family was afraid to go back into their home because he was making threats to kill them.

The AP also reported that Vails then ripped a door off its hinges and punched a car in the driveway. He was charged with criminal mischief.


Leander woman busted for drugs after boyfriend snorts bath salts

Leander woman busted for drugs after boyfriend snorts bath salts

A Leander woman is facing felony drug charges after police responded to a report of an agitated man who was having a seizure.

Investigators soon figured out that the man on the ground was not having a seizure but was apparently under the influence of a narcotic, according to the felony complaint.

Monica Lee Champion, 33, told police that her boyfriend was actually “under the influence of bath salts” that he had snorted up his nose.

Champion then reportedly pulled two clear plastic baggies out of her shirt that held a white powdery substance and told police it was her boyfriend’s bath salts.

Officers tested the substance for the presence of cocaine and methamphetamine, but the test was negative.

Police then checked the woman’s vehicle where they said they found a marijuana stem, and during a probable cause search, investigators found what they said was a partially smoked marijuana cigarette, an unsmoked marijuana joint and a marijuana pipe.

Champion then reportedly admitted that she had a pipe in her pants where police found a glass pipe rolled in a paper towel that had a burned substance believed to be methamphetamine. After finding the pipe, the officer also located a plastic bag of what was believed to be crystal meth.

Police said the marijuana totaled 0.6 grams and the meth weighed in the baggy came to 0.4 grams


Brewer woman on bath salts arrested after second incident

Brewer woman on bath salts arrested after second incident
By Nok-Noi Ricker

A Brewer woman who admitted to using synthetic drugs called ‘bath salts’ broke into a home early Sunday and locked herself in the bathroom, then several hours later she was arrested after reporting someone had broken into her house.

Brewer police first came into contact with Katie McAvoy, 29, after she broke into a Harris Street house at around 2:10 a.m. Sunday, Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt said on Monday.

“She was yelling she was going to be shot by a man who had a gun,” the police captain said.

McAvoy locked herself in the bathroom of the home and destroyed a heater and other items inside the bathroom before leaving. By the time police arrived, McAvoy was across the street with the complainant, Moffitt said. She was “transferred for medical treatment” to Eastern Maine Medical Center, which charges pending.

After her release from the hospital, McAvoy called police at around 11:10 a.m. to report that “there was an unknown person in her house,” Moffitt said. “We determined [she] was on bath salts and no one was found in her house.”

Bath salts, a designer drug that became illegal in Maine last week usually contain mephedrone or Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV. Police, doctors and emergency responders and others have reported signs of paranoia, hallucinations, convulsions and psychotic behavior in drug users.

Police found a pill bottle with 6 Trazadone, an anti-depressant and sleep aid, in her possession and charged McAvoy with possession of diverted prescription pills and violation her conditions of release. She also was charged for the earlier incident, which added two counts of criminal trespassing and a criminal mischief charge and another violation of her conditions of release charge, the police captain said.

“We’re been having several incidents a week with bath salts,” Moffitt said, warning drug users to avoid the stuff. “It’s extremely concerning to us.”


Jonesborough police: Woman on ‘bath salts’ set fire in neighbor’s home

Jonesborough police: Woman on ‘bath salts’ set fire in neighbor’s home

Jonesborough police arrested a woman Sunday on accusations that she set a fire in a neighbor’s home to get authorities attention after smoking marijuana and “bath salts.”

Teresa Robinson, 22, 201 Forrest Drive, was charged with arson and burglary.

In a news release, Jonesborough Police Department Major Natalie Hilton reported that police went to 303 Forrest Drive to check on a 911 hang-up call. As police approached, Robinson opened the door, and officers saw flames and smoke coming from the kitchen.

Police extinguished the fire and learned that Robinson had broken into the residence while trying to elude a man named “Timmy,” mistaking it for a friend’s home, according to the release.

Robinson told police she set fire to the residence by placing mail and calendar on a lighted stove eye to get the attention of police and fire and expedite their response. She also said she had been smoking marijuana and a synthetic bath salt named “Pump It,” according to the release.

Robinson was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond.

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Report: Woman Under The Influence Of Bath Salts Tried To Steal Police Car

Report: Woman Under The Influence Of Bath Salts Tried To Steal Police Car

Pacolet Police say a woman under the influence of bath salts tried to steal a police car on Monday, according to our news coverage partners at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

The newspaper reports that 25-year old Jessica Elaine Creasman, 25, of Leicester, N.C., was charged by the Pacolet Police Department with resisting arrest, attempted grand larceny, driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to an incident report.

The Herald-Journal reports that a report stated that an officer saw a car swerve into the opposite lane off Highway 176 near Highway 150 about 11 p.m. Monday. The car rolled into the center of the median and a person got out and ran into the nearby woods.

The report further states that the officer pulled into the median, got out of her patrol car and approached the car. The officer said she heard what sounded like a shotgun racking twice and took cover on the passenger side of her patrol car and called for backup.

While the officer was beside her car, she said heard the police car’s driver’s side door open. Looking into the car with her weapon drawn, the officer saw Creasman in the driver’s seat, the report said. Creasman tried several times to put the car in drive, and hit the accelerator, but the car was still in park.

Creasman jumped out of the car and the officer ordered her to get on the ground. Creasman shouted at the officer before complying with her command to get on the ground.

A deputy who arrived struggled with Creasman to get her handcuffed, the report said. After she was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car, Creasman told officers that she and her boyfriend had been snorting bath salts all night. Officers found several vials of bath salts, including an empty vial, in Creasman’s car, the report said.

Officers searched with a K-9 for the boyfriend Creasman said had been in the car with her, but didn’t find him.

Monday’s incident was the first time Pacolet police had encountered someone under the influence of “bath salts,” Chief Robert Ivey told the Herald-Journal.


Woman high on ‘bath salts’ dies after attacking child

Munnsville woman allegedly high on ‘bath salts’ dies after attacking child
by Jeremy Ryan

– A Madison County woman alleged to be high on drugs is dead after assaulting her child and receiving a Taser shock while she struggled with police.

According to State Police, around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, troopers were called to an apartment on North Main Street in the Village of Munnsville for a report of a woman assaulting her three-year-old child. While police were responding to scene, they say Madison County 911 dispatchers received several follow-up reports that the woman was punching and choking the child and had started to attack a neighbor.

When police arrived, they say they found 35-year-old Pamela McCarthy apparently under the influence of “bath salts”, an illegal synthetic drug. Police say Trooper Christopher Budlong attempted to arrest McCarthy, who was “violently combative” and may have been “growling,” according to police and resisted attempts to handcuff her. Budlong used his police-issued pepper spray on McCarthy to no effect, so he then deployed his Taser and was able to handcuff McCarthy with the help of rescue personnel.

Police then say that after McCarthy was taken into custody she went into apparent cardiac arrest. She was taken by ambulance to Oneida Healthcare, where she later died.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, State Police said the use of the Taser was justified. Troopers said the woman has a history of using bath salts.

An autopsy was unable to pinpoint the exact cause of death, according to police. It could take several weeks before toxicology results are back.

Wednesday morning, eyewitnesses David and Zachary Bridge told CNY Central’s Jim Kenyon that they saw McCarthy come out of the rear exit of her apartment with the boy in her arms, and tumble down the stairs holding onto the child. They say she began assaulting the child and was yelling incoherently. Witnesses say at one point she was sitting on the pavement spinning and laughing as she was hurting the child. They said the boy’s father intervened and took the child away from McCarthy, at which point she chased a neighbor, Heather Ames, into her apartment and attacked her.

Ames told Kenyon that she fought off the attack, and McCarthy went back out into the parking lot, stripped off all of her clothes, and threatened people passing by.

Witnesses say McCarthy then went back into her apartment and tumbled down the stairs again, this time with her pet pit bull in her arms, and then injured the dog as well. State Police and rescue units showed up at which point McCarthy became combative and resisted arrest. Ames says the Trooper (Budlong) repeatedly told McCarthy to let go of the dog, and pepper-sprayed her to no avail.

At several points, witnesses say McCarthy was warned by Troopers that she would be tased if she did not let go of the dog. After McCarthy was tased and handcuffed, a neighbor informed the Trooper that McCarthy had undergone an operation to place stents in her heart just two days prior to the incident.

All three eyewitnesses Kenyon spoke with said that Trooper Budlong was justified in the way he handled the situation.

Police say the child was taken by ambulance to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. He was treated for minor injuries and released to family members.

State Police held a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Oneida. Deputies say Onondaga Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy, but they were unable to determine the cause and manner of death. Troop D commander Major Rodney Campbell says they are waiting for toxicology test results.

Campbell confirmed that McCarthy was high on bath salts and was not coherent at the time of her death.

The case will be presented to a grand jury, which is standard procedure when a person dies in police custody.


‘Zombie apocalypse’: Horror movie genre becomes twisted, real-life news headlines

‘Zombie apocalypse’: Horror movie genre becomes twisted, real-life news headlines

— First came Miami: the case of a naked man eating most of another man’s face. Then Texas: a mother accused of killing her newborn, eating part of his brain and biting off three of his toes. Then Maryland, a college student telling police he killed a man, then ate his heart and part of his brain.

It was different in New Jersey, where a man stabbed himself 50 times and threw bits of his own intestines at police. They pepper-sprayed him, but he was not easily subdued.

He was, people started saying, acting like a zombie. And the whole discussion just kept growing, becoming a topic that the Internet couldn’t seem to stop talking about.

The actual incidents are horrifying — and, if how people are talking about them is any indication, fascinating. In an America where zombie imagery is used to peddle everything from tools and weapons to garden gnomes, they all but beg the comparison.

Violence, we’re used to. Cannibalism and people who should fall down but don’t? That feels like something else entirely.

So many strange things have made headlines in recent days that The Daily Beast assembled a Google Map tracking “instances that may be the precursor to a zombie apocalypse.” And the federal agency that tracks diseases weighed in as well, insisting it had no evidence that any zombie-linked health crisis was unfolding.

The cases themselves are anything but funny. Each involved real people either suspected of committing unspeakable acts or having those acts visited upon them for reasons that have yet to be figured out. Maybe it’s nothing new, either; people do horrible things to each other on a daily basis.

But what, then, made search terms like “zombie apocalypse” trend day after day last week in multiple corners of the Internet, fueled by discussions and postings that were often framed as humor?

“They’ve heard of these zombie movies, and they make a joke about it,” says Lou Manza, a psychology professor at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, who learned about the whole thing at the breakfast table Friday morning when his 18-year-old son quipped that a “zombie apocalypse” was imminent.

Symbolic of both infection and evil, zombies are terrifying in a way that other horror-movie iconography isn’t, says Elizabeth Bird, an anthropologist at the University of South Florida.

Zombies, after all, look like us. But they aren’t. They are some baser form of us — slowly rotting and shambling along, intent on “surviving” and creating more of their kind, but with no emotional core, no conscience, no limits.

“Vampires have kind of a romantic appeal, but zombies are doomed,” Bird says. “Zombies can never really become human again. There’s no going back.

“That resonates in today’s world, with people feeling like we’re moving toward an ending,” she says. “Ultimately they are much more of a depressing figure.”

The “moving toward an ending” part is especially potent. For some, the news stories fuel a lurking fear that, ultimately, humanity is doomed.

Speculation varies. It could be a virus that escapes from some secret government lab, or one that mutates on its own. Or maybe it’ll be the result of a deliberate combination and weaponization of pathogens, parasites and disease.

It will, many believe, be something we’ve created — and therefore brought upon ourselves.

Zombies represent America’s fears of bioterrorism, a fear that strengthened after the 9/11 attacks, says Patrick Hamilton, an English professor at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa., who studies how we process comic-book narratives.

Economic anxiety around the planet doesn’t help matters, either, with Greece, Italy and Spain edging closer to crisis every day. Consider some of the terms that those fears produce: zombie banks, zombie economies, zombie governments.

When people are unsettled about things beyond their control — be it the loss of a job, the high cost of housing or the depletion of a retirement account — they look to metaphors like the zombie.

“They’re mindless drones following basic needs to eat,” Hamilton says. “Those economic issues speak to our own lack of control.”

They’re also effective messengers. The Centers for Disease Control got in on the zombie action last year, using the “apocalypse” as the teaser for its emergency preparedness blog. It worked, attracting younger people who might not otherwise have read the agency’s guidance on planning evacuation routes and storing water and food.

On Friday, a different message emerged. Chatter had become so rampant that CDC spokesman David Daigle sent an email to the Huffington Post, answering questions about the possibility of the undead walking among us.

“CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead,” he wrote, adding: “(or one that would present zombie-like symptoms.)”

Zombies have been around in our culture at least since Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was published in 1818, though they really took off after George Romero’s nightmarish, black-and-white classic “Night of the Living Dead” hit the screen in 1968.

In the past several years, they have become both wildly popular and big business. Last fall, the financial website 24/7 Wall Street estimated that zombies pumped $5 billion into the U.S. economy.

“And if you think the financial tab has been high so far, by the end of 2012 the tab is going to be far larger,” the October report read.

It goes far beyond comic books, costumes and conventions.

—An Ace Hardware store in Nebraska features a “Zombie Preparedness Center” that includes bolts and fasteners for broken bones, glue and caulk for peeling skin, and deodorizers to freshen up decaying flesh. “Don’t be scared,” its website says. “Be prepared.”

—On uncrate.com, you can find everything you need to survive the apocalypse — zombie-driven or otherwise — in a single “bug-out bag.” The recommended components range from a Mossberg pump-action shotgun and a Cold Kukri machete to a titanium spork for spearing all the canned goods you’ll end up eating once all the fresh produce has vanished.

—For $175 on Amazon, you can purchase a Gnombie, a gored-out zombie garden gnome.

Maybe it’s that we joke about the things we fear. Laughter makes them manageable.

That’s why a comedy like “Zombieland,” with Woody Harrelson blasting away the undead on a roller coaster and Jesse Eisenberg stressing the importance of seatbelts is easier to watch than, say, the painful desperation and palpable apocalyptic fear of “28 Days Later” and “28 Weeks Later.”

The most compelling zombie stories, after all, are not about the undead. They’re about the living.

The popular AMC series “The Walking Dead” features zombies in all manner of settings. But the show is less about them and more about how far the small, battered band of humans will go to survive — whether they’ll retain the better part of themselves or become hardened and heartless.

It’s a familiar theme to George Romero, who told The Associated Press in 2008 that all of his zombie films have been about just that.

“The zombies, they could be anything,” he said. “They could be an avalanche, they could be a hurricane. It’s a disaster out there. The stories are about how people fail to respond in the proper way.”

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Zombie Bullets In High Demand Following Flesh-Eating Attacks

Zombie Bullets In High Demand Following Flesh-Eating Attacks

Zahra Huber

– Worried about a zombie attack? Buy zombie bullets.

Talk about zombies and a possible zombie apocalypse has increased due to recent gory accounts of drug-induced, flesh-eating attacks in the news.

Stores across the U.S., including in Metro Detroit, are getting in on the undead action by selling Zombie Bullets, made by Hornady Manufacturing.

In promoting the product on their website, Hornady suggests, “Be PREPARED – supply yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse with Zombie Max ammunition from Hornady! Loaded with PROVEN Z-Max bullets… MAKE DEAD PERMANENT!”

So, will this ammunition actually defend against the things that go bump in the night?

WWJ Newsradio 950?s Zahra Huber spoke with company spokesman, Everett Deger, who said, while the bullets are real, they’re only meant to be used on targets and not on people (or zombies).
Zombie Bullets In High Demand Following Flesh Eating Attacks

(credit: Hornady)

Deger said company president Steve Hornady came up with the idea for Zombie Max bullets because of his love for zombie movies and shows.

“After it gained some acceptance among some of us here in the company got on board with the idea we decided just to have some fun with a marketing plan that would allow us to create some ammunition designed for that … fictional world,” Deger said.

He said the Zombie Max and Z-Max bullets are Horady’s most successful products.

“This is probably one of the only (product) launches that we’ve seen when people who are not in the hunting and shooting industry will go out and they will purchase this,” Deger said.

“I mean, I’ve heard of guys who buy it just because they think the packaging is cool and they set it on their cube and they don’t even own a gun,” he said. ”It has that sort of cross-market appeal, which I think is rare to find these days, where you can actually sell something that will transcend not just one market but go into several.”

In Michigan, the bullets are available at Cabela’s.


Bath Salts: Because you weren’t Crazy enough on Meth

Cops: Ohio Man Breaks Into Home, Sets Up Christmas Decorations

VANDALIA, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – A Vandalia man is suspected of breaking into a family’s home while high on bath salts and setting up Christmas decorations.

Terry Trent, 44, was arrested and charged with burglary last week around the Dayton area when an 11-year-old boy found the man sitting on the couch after he had done some Christmas decorating around the house. It is likely that Trent was high on bath salts, according to police reports.

Vandalia police said that Trent entered through one of the home’s back doors and made himself comfortable, lighting candles on the coffee and kitchen tables as well as having the television’s volume on very loudly. Trent had also hung a Christmas wreath on the back garage door.

When discovering that Trent was watching television and playing with the boy’s things, the 11-year-old boy called his mother, who was next door at their neighbor’s house.

The mother told police that Trent attempted to be polite to the boy. He was arrested without incident, but police did find that he was carrying a pocket knife.

“He had said to him, ‘I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you. I’ll get my things and go,’”
the boy’s mother told WHIO.

One man who was working with Trent last week described him as a very caring person involved with the Boy Scouts and a local church program to help convicted felons currently in prison. But he wasn’t acting well that day, the man said, describing Trent as “mentally unstable.”

Police indicated that Trent, who is now being held in Montgomery County Jail, has a history of drug charges.

“He wasn’t acting like his normal self,
” the man said in the report. “I [asked] him what was going on [and] he got mad and left the job. He is paranoid and thinks people are out to get him.”


Man high on bath salts kills neighbor’s goat

Man high on bath salts kills neighbor’s goat, police say

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Police say an Alum Creek man high on bath salts killed his neighbor’s pygmy goat and that neighbors found him in his bedroom, dressed in a bra and panties, next to the dead animal, said Lt. Bryan Stover of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department.

Mark Thompson, 19, of Greenview Road, is charged with animal cruelty after police got a call from a woman who said he stole her goat at about 3:15 a.m. Monday, Stover said.

Lisa Powers said she bought the goat on Friday as a gift to her 4-year-old grandson. They named the male goat Bailey after a female character on the Disney Channel television show “The Suite Life on Deck.”

“The baby just loved him,” she said.

Powers’ nephew, Joshua Pollis, got a call from a neighbor early Monday morning, she said.

“They told him that my goat was wandering around in Mark’s house and he’d better come and get it,”
she said. “They called my nephew because he’d been there before.”

Pollis and two women walked into Thompson’s house looking for the goat, according to the criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

The three entered the house and made their way to Thompson’s bedroom door when Thompson spoke to them, Powers said.

“He told them, ‘Don’t come in, I’m naked,’”
Powers said. “But they opened the door and he was standing there with his pants down. He had on women’s clothing and the goat was dead and there was blood everywhere. It was just a scene.”

Thompson ran out the front door when Pollis asked him about the dead goat in his room, according to the complaint.

Police got a search warrant for the house, and searched the woods for Thompson. They found him several hours later.

Thompson allegedly told police he was on bath salts for about three days.

When police entered the house they found fresh blood near the front door of the bedroom and in Thompson’s bedroom to the right of the front door. Inside the bedroom police found the small gray and white goat wearing a pink collar lying dead on the floor, blood coming from its neck, according to the complaint. There was a pornographic magazine photo laying a few feet from the goat, the complaint states.

“We know the animal had at least one stab wound,” said Cpl. Sean Snuffer, a detective with the Sheriff’s Department. “They are also searching for signs of sexual trauma.”

Police took the dead animal to a veterinarian for a necropsy, he said.

Police are continuing their investigation. Thompson was arraigned Monday afternoon and taken into custody by Adult Protective Services.

Snuffer said the people in the community where Thompson lives told police they have been concerned about his mental health.

“I don’t think they are very happy, the community over there,” he said. “From what I understand they have been fearful of him before.”

Powers said she and her family have lived next to Thompson for about three years. She said she took him to church with her family more than a year ago.

“Then he stole the communion wine and went out the downstairs door
,” she said. “I never took him back. … We tried to be friends with him until we saw how he was.”

Powers said she asked him not to come back to her house.

“He’d come anyway,” she said. “He’s just been a menace since I’ve been here. …

“He runs through the woods, screaming and cursing and hitting things. What scared me was I didn’t want him to hurt one of my grandchildren.”

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She said police have been diligent in their investigation.

“They tried to find fingerprints on the chain the goat was tied to,
” she said.